One of the easiest winter activities to do as a family, besides hibernating, is snowshoeing. If you or your kids have never tried it before, now's the time to put your skills to the test. Snowshoeing through a landscape blanketed with snow is beautiful and peaceful, and makes for a great family bonding experience. Here are a few tips to get started.
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What You Need
Other than your regular snow essentials, like gloves, boots and a hat, you need a pair of snowshoes. Trekking poles are optional, but highly recommended. These help with balance as you walk through deep patches of snow.
Check with your local outdoor gear store such as REI for rentals, if you don't have snowshoes or don't want to buy them. This way you don't have to invest in equipment until you know it's an activity you and your children will like.
However, if you do purchase a pair of snowshoes you don't have to worry about replacing them every year. They'll for your little ones for 4 to 5 years before you need a bigger pair.
Tips for the Trail
Now that you're geared up, it's time to get outside. Keep these tips in mind as you head out for your first trip.
- Let your child wear their snowshoes around the yard to become familiar with how they feel and how to maneuver in them. Although this winter activity is similar to hiking, it takes some time to get used to walking with snowshoes attached to your feet.
- Plan your first trip when the sky is clear and there's no snowfall. It can be discouraging and difficult for your little one to try snowshoeing for the first time when the weather isn't ideal.
- Dress yourself and your kids in layers so they're warm at the start but can take items off as they heat up.
- Bring plenty of water and snacks. Just like any outdoor activity kids need to stay hydrated and fueled. Cold-weather dehydration can be dangerous if you're not careful.