If you enjoy hiking, then snowshoeing is a must-try winter activity. When compared to other winter activities like skiing or ice skating, snowshoeing is a very beginner-friendly activity that allows you to experience nature in all of its winter splendor. While snowshoeing is a bit more involved than sledding or building a snowman, it is a great way to get a workout in while enjoying the outdoors.
As you plan your first snowshoeing adventure, we recommend taking some time to read this great article about snowshoeing gear, technique, and safety precautions to help guide your adventure. To get started, you’ll need a pair of warm, waterproof boots and snow pants or gators. Moisture-wicking wool socks are a must, along with warm gloves, a beanie, and pair of sunglasses. Depending on the type of terrain you’ll be exploring, there are many different snowshoes to choose from. We recommend a sturdy pair that’ll support your weight, float through fresh snow, and have spikes on the bottom for extra traction on icy slopes. If you’re trying snowshoeing for the first time, be sure to ask your local outdoor store if they offer rentals so you’re able see which pair of snowshoes will work best for you.