Snowshoeing: An Eco-Friendly Winter Activity
Puget Sound Journey's Nov/Dec issue has a great article on how snowshoeing is "an escape from both urban and ski-resort crowds." As winter blusters its way in, snow fans who want to get their fill of the powder, but away from the crowds and off the beaten path, can reap magnificent rewards with snowshoeing. It's a great group sport for the following reasons:
- Like skiing, you can snowshoe at your own pace. Like hiking, this often leads to good conversation with various members of the group, depending on your speed, etc. Unlike skiing, you rarely lose your group to lifts and runs and mostly stick together yet with the freedom hiking allows to stop and snack, look at vistas, etc.
- Safety in numbers: Should avalanche danger exist, or one person gets injured, there are multiple people to take action and mitigate problems or help in any other way.
- Orientation: If solo trekking while snowing, your tracks can easily get erased with new snow, causing some disorientation of where the trail is or which way is north; therefore, it's always good to count on at least one other to share responsibilities for staying on track.
- Unique way to "walk" in nature and share an outdoors experience.
- Photo ops: You won't just get scenic shots. You can get proof you were there by having a friend take your photo next to Mt. Spectacular and email it to your mom.
- Green travel in action: Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to experience winter without noise pollution (as in snowmobiling), expensive gear (as in skiing + lift tickets), and low impact on the environment (it's essentially you, the elements, and your snowshoes).
Any other reasons snowshoeing is either neat-o in general or eco-friendly? Any other tips for people organizing group snowshoeing trips?
I once had a friend try to convince me to snowshoe and originally I had no interest. But later, I discovered that snowshoeing is nothing more than hiking with stunning views and more access. Now it's one of my favorite pastimes.
Posted by: Kristen | Feb 09, 2009 at 12:07 PM
I just tried snowshoeing recently and it was a really great experience! A few people have told me how great it was, so I decided to try it for myself. I'm not a big skier, so I'm always looking for a new winter sport. Now I'm convinced that snowshoeing is a great option!
Posted by: Jackson Butler | Mar 05, 2009 at 09:52 AM
Thank you for the motivation, spring is almost here but there is still lots of snow in Montana - I am going to dig out my snowshoes once again.
Posted by: Marlene | Mar 22, 2009 at 01:32 PM