Affordable winter activity: How to save on snowshoeing
Skiing gets all the attention in winter. But it’s not the only way to enjoy an active winter vacation or fun day out in nature.
Skip the long lines and steep lift prices and explore nature with snowshoes instead.
Snowshoeing is great for people of all fitness levels and ages, including kids, so it’s a great way to get outside and stretch those limbs, as the chilly season starts to really weigh on us.
Here’s what you need to know to plan the perfect snowshoeing adventure, and how to do it on the cheap.
1. Pick the right spot:
First and foremost, a good trail in high enough elevation to have significant snow cover is going to be key. It’s no fun snowshoeing on gravel and totally unnecessary. Plus, there is something spectacular about forging through an untouched winter wonderland, surrounded by pine trees and winter critters.
2. Consult an expert:
Even if you think you know where to go, ask a pro, to make sure the trail is open, there’s no avalanche risk and it’s appropriate for your ability and goals. In the Estes Park area of Colorado, the Rocky Mountain Conservancy organizes showshoe trips with an educational component. So you get your adventure and activity and a dose of brain work, too.
Check Booking.com for deals on lodging in Estes Park, and get 5 percent Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com, too.
3. Have good gear:
Just like any sport, your gear can make the difference between a pleasant and miserable experience. Rent gear from an outdoors outfitter. You’ll find a diverse selection of types of snowshoes that vary based on gender, age and other factors.
If you find snowshoeing is something you love, consider buying snowshoes so you’ll save over time. Backcountry.com has a huge selection of snowshoes and excellent customer service. Plus, you’ll earn ShopAtHome.com Cash Back.
4. Keep warm:
Like with any winter adventure, coldness is the enemy of fun, so dress in layers, with a wicking layer on the bottom and wool on top. A fleece jacket underneath your winter coat can also help trap the heat. But layers make it easy to cool off if you get too sweaty.
Your feet are going to get especially chilly snowshoeing, so we always wear “Grabbers,” those little bags you can shake that keep your hands and feet warm for hours. Slip some in your gloves and in the toes of your boots and you’ll extend your comfort for a long time. Grabber Warmers Family Value Pack, $39.99 (plus Cash Back), Overstock.com