Snowshoe FAQs

Snowshoeing is a winter sport in which participants wear specially designed gear on their feet which distributes their weight, allowing them to walk on snow without breaking through it.

Our tour includes an experienced guide, snowshoes, trekking poles, and after tour hot chocolate or coffee.

Tours are 3 hours long which includes travel time to the tour site and putting on and taking off snowshoes. We spend about 2 hours snowshoeing and will cover approximately 3 miles during the tour but distance depends upon the speed of the participants on the tour.

We recommend you wear insulated, waterproof boots such as snow boots or waterproof hiking boots. Your feet can get wet and we don’t want you to be uncomfortable during the tour.

Layer your clothing so it can be adjusted to your activity level and the weather.

  • Base layer: Synthetics and wool retain warmth even when wet. Wear long underwear that wicks away moisture, insulates well and dries quickly. Choose from microlight, lightweight or midweight versions based on the temperature and your activity level. A zippered top lets you adjust body heat as you stop and go.
  • Insulating layer: Polyester fleece makes a good insulating mid-layer since it retains heat when wet and breathes as you exercise.
  • Outer layer: A waterproof, breathable shell jacket and pants keep you dry and fend off wind.
  • Wool or synthetic socks with wicking liners promote warm, dry feet.

Keep your head and hands covered to prevent loss of body heat and to protect from sunburn.

  • A wool or synthetic hat, headband or balaclava retains heat; a wide-brimmed hat or a ball cap can shade your eyes on sunny days.
  • Gloves or mittens are a must to keep your hands dry and warm. On cold days, combine shells with fleece mittens or gloves. In milder conditions, glove liners may be all you need.
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen will protect you from burning UV rays which are especially intense at altitude and when reflected off of snow.
 

All participants should also bring the following:

  • Small backpack or daypack
  • Water bottle or hydration bladder
  • Sunscreen & lip balm
  • Energy bars or snacks
  • Camera or cell phone
  • Extra clothing layers
  • Extra socks

Our tours are designed to give you an appreciation of our unique environment and an opportunity to spot wildlife while on tour. If there is something particular you would like to know our guides are well versed in the natural history of the area and can answer most questions.

Since tours are dependent on natural snow we cannot guarantee that there will be enough snow for each date. If conditions are not ideal for the tour we will cancel or reschedule your reservation.

It’s easy. As the saying goes, “If you can walk, you can snowshoe.” We go through safety and correct snowshoeing techniques before heading out on the tour.

Absolutely! We encourage you to capture the beauty of the forest with your camera or phone. A backpack is encouraged to keep your electronics out of the elements when not in use.

All participants must follow tour guides and stay with the group. It is very easy to become lost & disoriented in an unfamiliar wilderness area.

Yes, tips are always appreciated.

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