Author: Kristin Hall
Now that the holidays are over and spring is on the horizon, it is easy to take the fresh fallen snow for granted; but it doesnâ€™t have to be that way. Snowshoeing is one of the best ways to get out and appreciate that snow, especially if you donâ€™t have the dough to go skiing.
Yes, Iâ€™m talking about that odd sport that involves walking around with tennis racquets attached to your feet. Needless to say, snowshoeing has come a very long way from its modest roots. Original snowshoes did look eerily like wooden tennis racquets.
Now-a-days there are several different kinds of snowshoes, each built to adapt your favorite outdoor interests to the Colorado winter. If you just want to cover flat terrain, use a light-weight medium sized snowshoe. There are also small light-weight models, made for running as well as larger heavy duty shoes made for backcountry and mountaineering use.
If you donâ€™t already own snowshoes the good news is that snowshoeing inexpensive, which makes it perfect outdoor pastime for college students. Renting snowshoes at the CSU rec center will cost only $4 per day. They are also available to rent at REI for $18 per day.
Choosing a place to snowshoe is extremely easy as well. You can choose a golf course or a public park if you want to take a quick relaxed jaunt. If you are looking for something a little more challenging, and would like to make it a day trip, try choosing a national park. Though keep in mind that there may be an entrance fee.
Donâ€™t forget that even though you arenâ€™t rolling in the snow necessarily, you will still need to bundle up for the weather. Be sure to wear a warm waterproof jacket and shoes. Waterproof pants are not required but are suggested.
Get out and give snowshoeing a try. Itâ€™s one of the least expensive and easiest activities to get out and take advantage of the snow before spring.