Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Snowy Adventures

It is almost winter and there are exciting winter activities you can engage in. Snowshoeing is a popular winter sport which is easy to learn, accessible, and affordable. Snowshoers are like hikers on a snowy trail or mountain. They climb the backcountry for the pleasure and thrill it gives them. Snowshoeing is also a sport that benefits your health. It helps you burn 600 calories an hour, more than walking or running does. It is a good fitness program to help you lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle.


When looking for a pair of snowshoes, there are three types to consider: recreational hiking, aerobic or fitness, and hiking or backpacking. If you are a first-timer, you should get recreational hiking snowshoes. These are designed for hiking on simple terrain.

Aerobic or fitness snowshoes are used by active snowshoers who are also runners and cross-trainers, whereas hiking snowshoes are for experienced snowshoers.


There are snowshoeing techniques you can easily follow. The first technique is uphill. You can do this by pushing the toe of your shoe vertically into the snowpack, shifting your weight to that foot, and repeating the process when the snow is light and soft. If the snow is hard, do the traverse technique which involves traveling horizontally along a slope.


The downhill technique is similar to traverse, except you put your weight on the back part of your shoe. This technique is best applied on soft snow. The last technique you can try is reverse: plant your poles on your sides, jump, twist, and plant again.

You can try baby steps by moving your shoe a little after another. Try learning these techniques on a snowy trail in a resort community where you can stay at a Utah vacation home rental.


Snowmobiling is a fun and safe activity you can do with your family and friends. All you need are winter clothes—snow pants, gloves, jacket, and snowmobile boots. You can buy snowmobile gear from dealers or visit websites where you can find good deals. There are many places you can visit to try snowmobiling, such as in a resort community where you can stay at a Utah vacation home rental.


Lodging in a Utah vacation home rental is especially relaxing after going on snowy adventures. Here, you can spend quality time with your family and friends in front of the warm fireplace.