Hilaire Vachon Snowshoes May 31st, 2018 - 23:51:56
As temperatures start to cool thoughts turn to the coming winter and with that winter sports. One winter sport that comes to mind is snowshoeing. Snowshoeing has become a popular pastime in Colorado and other states that embrace winter sports. The wonderful thing about snowshoeing is you dont need any specialized skills or training to do it. Any person that can hike can snowshoe. While snowshoeing has been around for many years only recently since the 1970s has it become a recreational activity for outdoor enthusiasts. Snowshoeing was a necessity for many living in rugged snowy terrain and the only way to travel through deep snow during the winter months.
Todays snowshoes are shorter and narrower than the wide-bodied wood framed snowshoes of old. They feature a lightweight aluminum frame and a special decking. With the easy-to-use flexible binding and crampons on the bottom to prevent slipping snow shoeing today can be a walk in the park. The beauty of snowshoeing is that nearly anyone can do it. If you can walk you can snow shoe. Snowshoe running is a different variety. This fast growing sport is a superb cross-training activity for runners and other active people during the winter months. With less impact than road running snowshoe running is a great way to strengthen the muscles of the legs and core without having to pound the pavement.
2. Johnston Canyon/ Ink Pots Located in Banff National Park off of the Bow Valley Parkway. This is a very popular hike through a lovely canyon. There are two notable waterfalls the Lower and Upper Falls. Upper Falls is a good place to watch ice climbers in winter. From the Upper Falls it is about a 3 km hike through the forest to the Ink Pots. These inky blue pools of mineral water remain at a constant temperature of 4C all year. 3. Cascade Amphitheatre Also located in Banff National Park this trail is accessed from the Mt. Norquay Ski area. The hike is a bit long and quite strenuous for a snowshoe trip. It climbs a lot through pine forests and eventually ends up in a beautiful amphitheatre at the north end of Cascade Mountain.
Snowshoes for adults can cost anywhere from $75.00 to $250.00 depending on your taste and skill level. On the other hand kids snowshoes will be less expensive. Decide on where you will be snowshoeing. There are kids snowshoes and adult snowshoes that are designed almost exclusively for flat trails. You can get snowshoes that are designed for specific uses like running icy trails mountaineering back country etc. Unless you are very experienced or racing competitively a good quality middle of the road snowshoe will be more than adequate. Some features to look for are steel toe claws lightweight construction and possibly poles.