More doctors might be prescribing outdoor recreational therapy instead of Xanax if the proposed federal legislation entitled the Outdoor Recreation Therapy for Veterans Act (HR 2435) passes. Studies are showing evidence that outdoor recreational activities can be therapeutic.
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“The Nature Fix” by Florence Williams, published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2017, provides the most compelling argument to date for people to spend more time outdoors in nature, based on an increasing amount of biological, psychological and medicinal … Continue reading
Not everyone who visits a ski resort wants to or is able to ski or snowboard, so resorts offer other activities. Among those options, guests can explore and enjoy the outdoors on snowshoes. These snowshoe outings at ski resorts range … Continue reading
The Woodstock Inn & Resort is one of Vermont’s true gems for travelers. It offers warm New England hospitality amidst an atmosphere of country elegance and year-round recreation. Resort facilities include the new 10,000 square-foot Spa, the Resort’s Nordic Center, … Continue reading
About half of all snowshoers are women, who snowshoe to experience nature, to exercise with friends and family, for backcountry access, and to have outdoor fun throughout the winter. The various snowshoe companies have been catering to this market by … Continue reading
There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than taking family hikes, especially in the fall when the weather is cooler and the leaves are changing colors. Hiking with the family provides quality time together, allows the family to grow … Continue reading
More than 10 million Europeans of all ages and fitness levels are participating in Nordic walking, an upcoming fitness craze that uses special poles to engage the upper body muscles providing a fantastic, low impact workout, even for those who … Continue reading
Winter Trails Day is the day when people can try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing for free at a participating location. The event produced by SIA, the national trade association of product suppliers has been held for 20 years and this … Continue reading
Among some women, the girls’ getaway weekend or program has become an annual tradition where small or extended groups of women, ladies, girls, mothers, daughters or friends organize a get together unaccompanied by (one might even say unburdened by) or … Continue reading
Smugglers’ Notch Resort, known as a prime Vermont family destination, has one of the most comprehensive mixes of snowshoe programs available this winter–for families with young kids, and outings for adults or families with older kids who want a bit … Continue reading
Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? Snowshoeing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise and if you go on a “Gourmet Ski Tour” on your snowshoes or cross-country skis, you may very well … Continue reading
If a hiker acts negligently and requires a search and rescue, who foots the bill of that search and rescue? Currently, there are eight states with search and rescue billing laws on the books; that is, if you are outdoors … Continue reading
Snowshoeing and cross-country (XC) skiing are some of the most romantic forms of recreation to spend time with your loved one. Valentine’s Day is coming, so get away with your loved one(s) to a winter wonderland. Make some memories with … Continue reading
Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? Snowshoeing is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise but if you go on a “Gourmet Snowshoe Tour” on your snowshoes or cross-country skis, you may very well … Continue reading
Breckenridge Nordic Center in Colorado has combined with the town of Breckenridge in a public private partnership to develop a new 9,200 square foot log lodge on Peak 8, which will become the new base of the BNC operations by … Continue reading
Many snow sport destination resorts operate in an environmentally friendly manner, and some of these operators, who are exemplars using the most sustainable practices, have created a collective of the destination resorts called “Resorts Against Climate Change.” These resorts … Continue reading
Winter Trails Day is the day when people can try snowshoeing or cross-country skiing for free at a participating location. Save the date for Winter Trails Day: Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Last year there was a strong turnout for the … Continue reading
According to the SIA/Physical Activity Council 2013 Participation Study, recently published by Snowsports Industries America (SIA), there’s a clear picture of the snowshoe population in the USA.
In a nationwide survey conducted with more than 40,000 people, it was … Continue reading
Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are two of the best forms of aerobic exercise. But, if you go on a “Gourmet Ski Tour” on your snowshoes or XC skis, you … Continue reading
Kids on snowshoes or cross-country skis? It’s not only about childhood obesity, nature deficit disorder, and better brain functions—it’s about fun.
What can the kids do after school or on the weekends? Have you set your plans for the school … Continue reading
The Northern Lites snowshoe company was founded in 1992; in recent years, it experienced a decline in sales. So, in 2011, the Hallgren brothers saw an opportunity to acquire the company and then revamp the branding and marketing. Today, it’s … Continue reading
XC (cross-country) skiers hate when snowshoers step on and mess up their groomed ski tracks and they both hate snowmobilers; while snowmobilers don’t want XC skiers and snowshoers using the trails that were paid for with snowmobile registration fees… and … Continue reading
Whitewoods snowshoes designed by Erik Sports in Tranquility, N.J. are for the weekend snowshoer, who does not want to spend extravagantly on equipment. Erik Sports is North America’s first solar-powered sports company that distributes snow sports products in the U.S. … Continue reading
TSL (Thones Sport Loisir) was set up in 1981 and in 30 years the French company has developed more than 60 patents and built an international business. TSL’s composite snowshoes are manufactured in France while the aluminum snowshoes are built … Continue reading
Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are known as the best forms of aerobic exercise, but if you go on a “Gourmet Ski and Snowshoe Tour” on your snowshoes or XC … Continue reading
The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition encourages regular activity among children and adults with its premier program called the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA), whereby individuals keep track of their progress via the honor system and accumulate points … Continue reading
According to research recently published by SnowSports Industries America (SIA) there's a clear picture of the snowshoe population. In a nationwide survey conducted with 40,000 people it was projected that there were 3,823,000 snowshoers in 2010 (calendar year). This was the highest snowshoe population on record and an increase of 11 percent from the previous year. Other snow sport populations were: alpine (11,504,000); cross-country ski (4,530,000); and snowboard (8,196,000).
There have been studies done about exercise intervention to clinical populations diagnosed with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and even post traumatic stress disorder. This research shows that there are beneficial effects that produce a statistically relevant and significant reduction in these mental maladies.
Plan to gather up the kids and head to the hills during the school breaks this winter. No need to head to warmer climates. Winter can be snowy, yet mild, and perfect for a family vacation with plenty of activities such as snowshoeing and cross-country (XC) skiing. According to the experts, who regularly update XCSkiResorts.com, the nation's top XC ski resorts are exceedingly family-friendly with lots to enjoy together, both on the snow and off. What families want and need is exactly what a snowshoe or XC ski vacation delivers: multi-generational participation, quality time, and shared memories.
Want a guilt-free way to indulge yourself with food while exercising? XC Skiing and snowshoeing are some of the best forms of aerobic exercise but if you go on a "Gourmet Ski/Snowshoe Tour" on your xc skis or snowshoes, you may very well eat your way to fitness at a number of trailside food stops. What a grand time so go ahead, eat, ski, snowshoe, and be merry – appetizers, wine, champagne, fondue, entrees, desserts, and more.
These days, snowshoeing is easy on packed and marked trails, but a lesser known secret about the winter ski experience is guided adventures in the backcountry.
It is a perfect romantic setting. The day spent in the great outdoors, the fireplace flickering, meals eaten by candlelight, a snowy panorama stretching in the moonlight and a sleigh outside the restaurant. It's romantic and perfect for Valentine's Day or any day.