5 Reasons You Should Snowshoe (And Where to Learn For Free in January)

Learn to Ski in the Midwest This January

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Snowshoeing can be a great way to enjoy the winter on those days when you can't make it to the mountain. It's a relatively affordable sport compared to skiing, and it's also fun for the whole family - from kids to dogs, adults to seniors!

Thanks to Winter Trails, January is the prime time to learn how to snowshoe. Winter Trails is an organization that provides kids and adults the opportunity to learn snowshoeing and cross country skiing at various locations throughout North America.

Many of these events are completely free of charge! Keep reading for more information.


5 Reasons You Should Learn to Snowshoe

  1. Snowshoeing is great exercise! Snowshoeing is a cardiovascular, aerobic activity that can burn between 450 to 1,000 calories per hour depending on the intensity of the workout. Snowshoeing can burn up to 45 percent more calories than if you were simply running or walking. 
  2. Snowshoeing is fun for the whole family. Though snowshoeing can be an intense activity, it's great for all ages, kids especially! Some people even snowshoe with their dogs.
  3. It's a great way to get outdoors during the winter. Snowshoeing makes the outdoors accessible during the winter. If you're tired of being cramped up outside (and can't make it your favorite ski resort), but there's snow in your backyard (or on local trails), snowshoeing is a great option.
  4. It's a fun way to learn about nature. Snowshoeing can be an excellent opportunity for kids to learn about local flora and fauna.
  1. Snowshoeing is affordable. You can snowshoe right in your backyard! Additionally, access to snowshoe trails is generally pretty affordable, and so is your gear, whether you choose to rent or buy. You can wear the same clothes that you ski in, and you can even purchase snowshoes for around $100.

Where to Learn to Showshoe in January

  • Weston, MA– Jan 9, 2016 - Easily accessible at the junction of Mass Pike and Route 495, this event focuses on snowshoe but also offers cross country skiing at the venue.
  • Winter 4Play, MN – Jan 9, 2016 - There’s lots to do at Winter 4Play in Minnesota: from an ARTathalon course where you’ll encounter installations and sculptures, to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing with REI, to ice fishing and bird watching, hiking, skijoring, singing, dancing, bonfires, complimentary hot chocolate and s’mores, and much more!
  • ADK Winterfest, NY – Jan 10, 2016 - This free, family-friendly winter event at Heart Lake Program Center in Lake Placid includes guided snowshoe hikes and self-guided adventures, beginner cross country and telemark ski lessons, a ski mountaineering race, activities for kids, "Mommy, Daddy and me ski instruction" for small children, Nordic skating, ski and snowshoe equipment demos, ski waxing clinics and much more!
  • Estes Park, CO – Jan 16, 2016 - This  two-day celebration of winter is centered around snowshoeing, though there are a variety of activities including lessons and clinics, igloo building, and more. 
  • Soldier Hollow, UT – Jan 23, 2016 - Located at the site of the 2002 Winter Olympics, after cruising the trails, you can enjoy a hot cocoa by the cozy fireplace in the lodge. 
  • Tahoe Donner, CA – Jan 24, 2016 - The Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area's first evr Winter Festival features free lessons, tours, ski equipment demonstration, live music and barbecue. 

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