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Snowshoes are a low impact footwear for walking over fresh or deep snow. Snowshoeing opens up large areas of snow covered terrain to the winter walker, enables alpine skiers to reach backcountry powder bowls and provides a calorie burning workout.
snowshoes have been around for over 6,000 years. Over the past 10-15 years, the sport has undergone a revolution in both participation and equipment.
Snowshoeing can undertaken on any area of soft or new snow. The normal local dangers and safety warnings of the area, MUST be adhered too ( impending weather conditions, avalanche risks, ravines), for your safety and that of potential rescuers.
A low-impact and safe form of exercise, snowshoeing is ideal for anyone interested in an aerobic workout combined with strength training and muscle endurance.
The skills needed to start snowshoeing are very few-- if you can walk, you can snowshoe! Snowshoeing is an activity that almost anyone can participate in, no matter what their age, fitness, or expertise. It can be done socialy in groups with friends.
Snowshoeing requires some easily learned technical skills.
• When going uphill kick your foot into the snow. From there you can step with full weight on this foot while using your poles to balance.
• When ascending steep slopes it is easier to make a traverse (zigzag) track, When doing this, “edge” the snowshoe into the side of the hill to gain traction.
• When going downhill, slightly bend the knee so weight is equally distributed across the snowshoe, useing poles to balance on both sides.
Snowshoeing offers oportunities as a recreation to walkers and hikers. As a sport, competed over most of the disaplines of the runner. And also as a high calorie burning cardiovascular activity with multiple health benefits.551): Alpine skiing
Snowboarding 571, Skiing 553, Alpine skiing 551, Running 41, Mountain running 40, Walking 668, Sledding 833, Rambling 486.
Level of Demand
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