Every Day is a good day to snowshoe in February!
You and your loved ones can enjoy snowshoeing together on our scenic trails with or without a snowshoe guide – build a team and join the festive fun –
Weekends 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM or for extended hours call for pre-registration
(616) 675-3158 HCNC or cell phone (616) 325-4554
Weekdays 9:00 – 4:00 PM
$3.75/person without guide
$4.75 (per person) with tour guide - requires preregistration
Have a Snowshoe Party for your Scouts, Birthday’s, Girls Day Out, How about your first date (romantic and memorable), Fitness Team, and so much more
Fitness Benefits of Snowshoeing
Did you know that you could burn more calories snowshoeing than you can walking, running or cross-country skiing at the same pace? For health and fitness benefits, snowshoeing is great for you. It provides a cardio workout while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance. The best part is, you get to do it all in the beautiful outdoors!
Snowshoeing is the best bang-for-your-buck, fat-burning workout in winter.
It’s an exceptional way to achieve cardiovascular fitness, expend energy and reduce your chance of heart disease; plus it’s low cost, easily mastered and fun.
Snowshoers can burn between 420-1000 calories per hour. Snowshoeing is an effective, low impact, and safe form of exercise to change body composition. It burns up to twice the number of calories as walking at the same speed.
Snowshoers can vary the intensity of their workout, burning fewer calories by taking an easy walk on flat packed terrain, or getting a more intense workout (more than 1,000 calories burned per hour) with an activity like snowshoeing in powder on hilly terrain at a pace of three miles per hour.
Snowshoeing utilizes major muscle groups which, when combined with a higher metabolic rate in cold weather and the added resistance of moving through snow, results in a high-energy activity.
If you are interested in an instructor demonstration – no problem! We’d be happy to show you proper snowshoe techniques!
The Nature Center also rents our snowshoes to other business, groups, etc., to take off of our premises, so no need to buy! $4.00 a pair. We have approximately 250 pairs. Sizes range from small to X-large, wooden shoes or durable plastic shoes.
Tips & Techniques – Getting Started
Snowshoeing is the easiest of winter sports to learn – if you know how to walk, you know how to snowshoe. There really is no learning curve from beginner to expert with your snowshoes, just a scale of where you want to go Still, if you’ve never tried snowshoeing there are a couple small adjustments. Here are a few useful tips for getting started snowshoeing:
- Check the weather and dress appropriately for the outdoors (water-proof or resistant footwear, layering for cold or snow, etc).
- Start your snowshoe walk or hike somewhere familiar to you, like a local trail or park. Try an out-and-back hike and judge your fitness level honestly – snowshoeing should take a little more effort than a similar distance hike.
- At the start of your snowshoe trip, set up your bindings for all-day comfort. You’ll want them snug for control over your snowshoe while walking, but without pressure points that will make snowshoeing uncomfortable.
- Take a few minutes at the start of your hike to get used to the feeling of walking with snowshoes. Even with today’s compact, athletic shapes, your snowshoes will have a wider footprint than just a pair of shoes. A quick adjustment to a wider stance will allow a smooth gait without stepping on your own snowshoe.
- Remember to pick your feet up higher if you need to turn sharply or back up, to keep the snowshoe tail from sticking in the snow.
- Have fun! There are no rules in snowshoeing, except to enjoy the outdoors!
With a few minutes of practice, you’ll already be an expert snowshoer. What next? Use the resources here on Snowshoes.com to find snowshoe events, trails, and other snowshoers to explore further into winter.