Have you tried Snowshoeing yet? Fun for all the family, and easy to do,it is also an amazing way to get in some snow-covered mountain time while accessing pristine spots in Glacier National Park, even when areas are closed to vehicle traffic. Food coma from too much festive fun? You can’t beat a workout with views like this:
As we’re gearing up for the winter season to start we are busy getting ready for snow. Thoughts begin to turn to fun activities and great ways to get out into our backyard, and snowshoeing is one of our favorite ways to explore. These tips and tricks help make the snowy path to winter recreation a little easier:
1. Keep a slightly wider stance
Try not to exaggerate this too much, but keeping your legs slightly farther apart than normal gives you more balance as you walk.
2. Kick-step going uphill
This technique helps you get the most traction going uphill in fluffy powder, without sliding back down. Lift up your foot and kick into the slope with your toe so the crampons dig into the hill right under the ball of your foot.
3. Bend your knees
Going downhill can make you feel like leaning back and tensing up, but don’t lock your knees! Keeping them gently bent helps you maintain balance and stay stable.
4. Stay to the side of ski tracks
Showing respect for others using the trail is key when snowshoeing on shared trails with cross country skiers. Since snowshoes have an easier and safer time moving to the side, skis have the right of way on joint trails, so step aside and wave hello when others pass.
5. Remember to walk naturally!
You’ve read all these tips, you’ve strapped some snowshoes on, but don’t forget, snowshoeing is really just walking. Put one foot in front of the other and try to be as natural as possible.
Rent snowshoes at the lodge and explore the Beaver Pond area behind our property. Find your groove and then head out into Glacier National Park, or onto the many trails of the Flathead National Forest. Ask our staff about the best trails for your ability, we’ll be happy to help!
Here’s some helpful links to get you started: