I know for many of you, Winter hasn't quite arrived, but flurries have been reported in parts of the US and reports of snow get me all excited for snowshoeing. If you love hiking in the Summer and Fall, you've got to try snowshoeing in the Winter. When there's snow on the ground, snowshoes make it much easier to tromp around without slipping. Most places that rent skis and snowboards also rent snowshoes for a fraction of the cost of downhill equipment.
Why do I love snowshoeing? It's easy to learn, inexpensive (compared to other winter sports), and it's just like walking, so there's little risk for injury. Plus, it's a great cardiovascular workout - snowshoeing for one hour burns over 1,000 calories.
So start thinking about strapping on some snowshoes. Whether you live in a place where it snows or are planning on traveling to a snowy place this Winter, you can rent snowshoes for about $9 a day, and poles for $3 (these are necessary if the trail is steep or icy). Snowshoeing is such a great Winter activity because you can do it anywhere you would walk or hike, and it's a great way to get out and enjoy the Winter wonderland.