Snowshoe Magazine https://www.snowshoemag.com The snowshoeing experience for snowshoers around the world: snowshoe racing, snowshoes, gear reviews, events, recreation, first-timers. Thu, 20 Sep 2018 00:58:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 28162661 Exotic Snowshoeing in Nagano, Japan https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/17/exotic-snowshoeing-in-nagano-japan/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/17/exotic-snowshoeing-in-nagano-japan/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 23:06:31 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91111 If you’re seeking an exotic locale for a snowshoe vacation, Nagano, Japan, offers shockingly beautiful frozen waterfalls, hot springs in the snow, snow monkeys in hot springs, traditional and modern accommodations, food from heaven, and unrivaled views of the … Continue reading

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If you’re seeking an exotic locale for a snowshoe vacation, Nagano, Japan, offers shockingly beautiful frozen waterfalls, hot springs in the snow, snow monkeys in hot springs, traditional and modern accommodations, food from heaven, and unrivaled views of the Northern and Southern Japanese Alps. For these excellent points, Nagano hosted the XVIII Olympic Winter Games in 1998.

Frozen Zengoro Falls, Nagano, Japan

Nagano covers over 322 square miles of mostly mountainous terrain that includes almost 90 ski and snowboard resorts, countless cascading waterfalls and streams, and many thousands of choices for snowshoers. So where should you go if your vacation time is short? As a result of years of experience exploring its natural and semi-natural areas, my recommendations for newcomers to Nagano are Shirahone Onsen and Shiga Kogen.

Photo: Nagano Prefecture Tourism Organization

Shirahone Onsen

Start your adventure with a journey to the bottom of a deep gorge surrounded by forests and steeply rising peaks to stay in an isolated village, whose name is Shirahone Onsen. The name means white bones. The thermal water issuing forth from the soil is soft, bone-white sulfurous water. Except for the addition of asphalt roads and the rebuilding of family homes and a dozen inns scattered along river banks or knolls, the village has not changed much in hundreds of years.

Awa no Yu’s Famous Same-Sex Outdoor Bath

How To Get There:

A few buses and trains run to Shirahone Onsen from the nearest large city called Matsumoto, which is an hour away. Booking in advance is difficult for people who do not speak Japanese. Alpico Bus provides infrequent bus service directly from Matsumoto to Shirahone Onsen, and more frequent bus service from Shin-Shimashima Train Station, which is between Matsumoto and Shirahone Onsen. Click here for the bus schedule. Shirahone Onsen has two bus stops, one in the center of town and one in front of Awa no Yu, the town’s most renowned inn. For travel advice, you can contact English speakers at the Nagano City Tourist Information Center by phone (81 26-226-5626) or email (n-city@dia.janis.or.jp). Trains and buses from Nagano, Tokyo, and other major cities go to Matsumoto. You can rent a car and drive to Shirahone Onsen, but if you are not skilled at icy winter roads, don’t do it. You risk sliding off cliffs that edge the gorgeous but dangerous curving steep mountain roads on the route to the tiny village. Getting there may seem daunting, but the fantastic location enriches the journey.

Where To Stay:

The most famous of the village’s inns is Awa no Yu. You will likely meet the kimono-wearing manageress. Her family has been running Awa no Yu for 106 years.

Welcome to Awa no Yu Ryokan, “Japanese Inn”

Photographs of its outdoor bath have illustrated numerous books or magazines about secluded hot springs. This mixed-sex bath outside the hotel sits on a slope with lumpy pillows of snow around it. In the thick of winter, temperatures plunge so low that the wet hair on your head can freeze while your body submerged in the deep hot water stays comfortably warm. The natural outdoor bath with views of forests and mountains induces tranquility.

In touch with the modern sensibilities of many foreign guests, Awa no Yu provides women with big towels to cover their private body parts while soaking. Men, though, use a towel comparable in size to the average face towel in North America. Traditionally, both men and women used small towels.

When staying in Nagano, be open-minded to new experiences regarding bathing and eating. Awa no Yu serves gourmet dishes that might shock many Westerners. Sashimi in Nagano Prefecture includes the red meat of horse and the pink tissue of river fish. The fermented soybeans and some mushrooms that Japanese often eat are slimier than anything most North Americans enjoy. On the other hand, local dishes in Nagano include delicacies most Westerners appreciate: fresh soba noodles, soft and succulent wagyu, (“Japanese beef”), and locally made tofu and yogurt. Be sure to sample the crystal clear sake made with local rice and the water from snow-fed streams. If you are a vegetarian or have special food requests, contact Awa no Yu in advance.

Horse Meat, Trout, and Other Sashimi

While you are sampling a seemingly endless course of Japanese dinner treats, hotel staff will lay warm fluffy futon on the tatami floors of your room. Rooms face snowy wooded slopes. At night, if lucky, you might spot a fox seeking mice. While sipping hot Japanese tea in the morning, I noticed fresh fox footprints. I sighed happily, feeling refreshed and stimulated.

Sipping Tea and Enjoying My Room’s View

Snowshoeing near Shirahone Onsen:

Shirahone Onsen is a lovely and relaxing village for short walks in winter. You can visit different hotels and inns to try various baths, and you can snowshoe in some areas around town. However, cliffs surround much of the village. Go only where the locals tell you is safe. For longer snowshoe treks, drive about eight kilometers on a narrow road to Norikura Plateau. Snowshoe treks around Mt. Norikura are outstanding.

Most years, the snowshoeing season is from early December to the end of April. Mid-winter temperatures descend to lower than 10° below zero Celsius. For many snowshoe enthusiasts, Norikura’s most celebrated attractions are its many frozen waterfalls, especially Zengoro Falls.

To find Zengoro Falls, pick up a map at the information center, or stop at Little Peaks, an outdoor adventure store that offers guided snowshoe tours and also rents snowshoes to independent travelers. These facilities are in the same building in the town center. You cannot miss them.

A large sign points outs the trailhead to Zengoro Falls, and a giant wooden map displays all of the local trails and attractions. Sunken paths in the snow showed where previous hikers had gone. Norikura’s well-planned snowshoe routes allow hikers to enjoy new territory without the fear of getting lost, or accidentally running into a bear.

At intervals along the trail, you will see metal bars dangling from tree branches. Japanese kanji on the bars translate to this: “Be careful of bears.” Hit those bars together. The ringing informs bears in the area that hikers are on the path. The sound prevents accidental meetings and saves the lives of bears and humans.

Ring to Avoid Bears

After thirty minutes of passing over gently rounded white knolls, the path zigzagged into a sharp ravine. I could hear gurgling water before I saw a stream that sparkled in the rays of sunlight that passed between the snow-laden bending branches of birch and beech. We trod over a wooden bridge with piles of snow almost as high as the railing. Ahead of us, at the end of a u-shaped valley, standing over 20 meters high and almost as wide, Zengoro Falls grew out of the whiteness.

The natural ice sculpture made my wife, who was walking in lead position, appear minuscule. Winter had transformed the plunging waters of a mighty waterfall into a Disneyland-like castle of thick, barely translucent ice pillars and long, sharp icicles. The frozen giant exuded nature’s power. A thunderous clap of sound reverberated as ice shifted somewhere deep inside the frozen being’s interior. Then, a pure silence. Our eyes riveted on the waterfall, we noticed changing light patterns near the top. It was running water that was still plunging off the cliff under a wall of thick ice. Hoping that mid-winter temperatures would hold the ice in place, we walked along the base and climbed a small section before continuing our trek along our chosen route.

Posing at the Frozen Waterfall

This route took us over a frozen pond, up and down rolling coconut-milk colored hills, along frozen cattle pasture, and past shrines and temples. We stopped at our leisure to examine unusual mushrooms, take photographs, slide on our butts down soft slopes, peer into animal holes in trees, and listen to bird calls. Our map indicated that a hotel was just a few hundred meters away from the path, and we were famished. We ordered a hearty meal of steamy soba and fresh tempura. Through the many windows of the hotel restaurant, we watched clouds gather near the top of Mt. Norikura.

Satisfied and refreshed, we attached our snowshoes to our boots and resumed our wonderful trek. The path eventually circled back to the knoll from which we began our hike. At one point, we spied Zengoro Waterfall from a higher elevation. Even from a kilometer or so away, it was still an impressive site. We took more photographs and drove our tired bodies back to Awa no Yu, where another delectable dinner and healing bath waited.

The next morning, we left Shirahone Onsen because my friends wanted to visit the famous bathing “snow monkeys” of Japan. We traveled for two and a half hours on smooth roads through sparsely populated scenic Nagano farmlands surrounded by mountains.

Snow Monkeys near Shiga Kogen

Semi-wild Japanese snow monkeys―macaques is the correct term―are a mesmerizing attraction. Free to come and go, they often spend their days in Jigokudani Yaen Park warming up in a hot spring. Countless media outlets, including National Geographic, have published stories about these memorable beings. Accustomed to camera-toting visitors, many will allow you to come within touching distance but don’t. They are still wild creatures.

Photo: Nagano Prefecture Tourism Organization

During my first visit in mid-January a few years ago, subzero temperatures and a snowstorm dropping tons of powder kept the crowds away. The expected half-hour walk on an easy trail turned into a much longer snowshoe trek through thigh-high powder. My two companions and I were the only almost-hairless primates wandering amidst hundreds of furry ones. Doting mothers and tiny babies clung tightly together. Juvenile monkeys jumped, splashed, and chased each other. Elders with relaxed, contented expressions slowly stretched along the rims of the rocky bathtub.

In contrast, my visit in mid-March this year was zoo-like; twenty or more people aimed their cameras at three macaques lazily hanging around the bath. Hundreds of other macaques were foraging for food pellets in the snow, climbing trees, and playing, but the humans still outnumbered the macaques. The temperature, a few degrees above freezing, was not cold enough to entice the thick-furred primates into the hot springs. However, humans from all parts of the world had gathered with cell phones, video cameras, and cameras with gigantic telephoto lenses to capture their images.

Too Warm for Bathing and Too Many Tourists

The best times to catch bathing macaques are during the coldest winter days, especially when the park opens at nine a.m. Before going, you can check the live streaming “monkey cam” to learn if the snow monkeys are bathing or not.

Shiga Kogen

Jigokudani Yaen Park is a short drive by car or public bus from Shiga Kogen, a highland comprising five major mountains in northern Nagano Prefecture. That was our next destination. With altitudes ranging between 1,300 and 2,300 meters, Shiga Kogen boasts that it is the highest altitude ski resort and one of the biggest in Japan. Several Olympic events took place on those slopes. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) counts Shiga Kogen and bordering areas as one part of its Man and the Biosphere Program, which aims to protect critical biological and physical features while promoting sustainability.

Snowshoeing Near Shiga Kogen:

Official and unofficial snowshoe routes stretch all over the region. The Shiga Kogen Nature Conservation Association offers treks led by certified guides. They say conditions are best in February. If you are confident enough to go on your own, many ski resorts and hotels rent snowshoes. We brought our own.

There were too many choices of trails, so upon arriving I sought advice from a front desk clerk and the manager at the Okushiga Kogen Hotel. Oku means farthest back, and kogen means highland. The Okushiga Kogen Hotel is one of the most remote hotels in Okushiga, and more snow accumulates there than in most other areas of Nagano. Following their helpful staff advice, we had three different, wonderful hikes close to the ski in/ski out, or (in our case) snowshoe in/snowshoe out, hotel.

Snowshoe In and Out of the Okushiga Kogen Hotel

The first hike was a twilight trek before dinner through a dimly lit forest within minutes from our rooms. It was a perfect way to sharpen our appetite for a gourmet dinner at the hotel.

The next day, we rode a small gondola to Mt. Yakebitai, (elevation 2,000 meters) where we walked up and down ridges between ski resorts. We found a small shrine nearly buried in snow, picnicked on a knoll with panoramic views of blue sky, volcanic mountain peaks, and highland trees, and then we returned by gondola after a refreshing coffee at a ski lodge. Along the trail, we were alone except for two hardy cross-country skiers.

For our last hike, we climbed up a nearby snowbank where a snowplow had ceased plowing, and we walked along a snakelike riverside road. Countless trees, singing birds, a cloudless sky, various animal tracks, and an ocean of snow surrounded us. Just another typical fantastic winter hike in Nagano Prefecture, Japan.

Additional Information for Shirahone Onsen

Location: Shirahone Onsen, Nagano Prefecture, Matsumoto, Japan

How to Get There: Book a flight to Matsumoto and bus ride through Alpico Bus, which provides infrequent bus service directly from Matsumoto to Shirahone Onsen, and more frequent bus service from Shin-Shimashima Train Station, which is between Matsumoto and Shirahone Onsen. Click here for the bus schedule. For travel advice, you can contact English speakers at the Nagano City Tourist Information Center by phone (81 26-226-5626) or email (n-city@dia.janis.or.jp).

Where to StayAwa no Yu

Recommended Snowshoe TrailsMt. Norikura, specifically Zengoro Falls

Equipment Rentals: Little Peaks, which offers guided snowshoe tours and snowshoe rentals

Snowshoe Season: typically early December to end of April

Additional Information for Shiga Kogen

Location: Shiga Kogen, Nagano Prefecture, Japan

How to Get There: See access to Shiga Kogen

Where to StayOkushiga Kogen Hotel

Recommended Snowshoe Trails: Mt. Yakebitai and guided treks by Shiga Kogen Nature Conservation Association

Tour Options: Snow Monkey and Snow Tour in Shiga Kogen, which runs Jan 1- Mar 31

Snowshoe Season: typically early December to end of April, usually conditions best in Feb

 

Where the Last Snow Plow Stopped

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How Paddle Boarding in the Summer Can Prepare You for Snowshoeing in the Winter https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/14/how-paddle-boarding-in-the-summer-can-prepare-you-for-snowshoeing-in-the-winter/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/14/how-paddle-boarding-in-the-summer-can-prepare-you-for-snowshoeing-in-the-winter/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 15:47:58 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91549 Paddle boarding, not really the activity you think about when you come across a snowshoeing website. The fact of the matter is they are closer related to each other then you may realise! Unfortunately snow is not available all year … Continue reading

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Paddle boarding, not really the activity you think about when you come across a snowshoeing website. The fact of the matter is they are closer related to each other then you may realise! Unfortunately snow is not available all year long or may only be available in the mountains. Don’t despair! You can give paddle boarding a try. Not only do you feel like you are walking on water but it also has a lot of commonalities to snowshoeing. I’ll explain below.

Paddle Board and Snowshoeing Commonalities

How Paddle Boarding in the Summer can Prepare you for Snowshoeing in the Winter

Photo by IsleSurfboards.com

They Both Burn Over 400 Calories/Hour

While you may not be doing the same walking motion as you would while snowshoeing you do end up burning a similar amount of calories. According to Fix, snowshoeing burns an average of 510 calories per hour walked. The range of calories burned while paddle boarding varies but it is typically in the range of 305 to well over 1000 calories burned.

They Both Work the Glutes (Your Booty)

While it is pretty obvious that snowshoeing and hiking engage this muscle, few people think of paddle boarding engaging your glutes. Think about it though, when you are balancing on your board, moving your hips and glutes together to counterbalance for a whole hour, they get a workout. It is not simply just the case that you are standing on a board and paddling around, you have to manoeuvre it, steer it and balance on it all while concentrating on where you are going. When snowshoeing, the glutes help with inclining and declining terrain you encounter.

They Work Your Hamstrings

The hamstrings are used primarily to support your knees while doing either activity, but they are used in different ways. When snowshoeing, they are used to cushion each step you take when walking through the snow. When paddle boarding, they are used in more relation to balancing and carrying momentum with each paddle stroke.

They Work Your Calf Muscles

When snowshoeing, your calf muscles are used to stabilize your foot with each step that you take to absorb the impact on your ankles. For paddle boarding, they are used to absorb each movement that your board encounters. This is especially true when you come across waves or any other wake or ripples.

They Work The Hip Abductors

Responsible for balance and keeping your knees from knocking into each other, the hip abductors are both at work in paddle boarding and snowshoeing related activities.

Enjoy winter on snowshoes! (photo courtesy Volleyball Beauty)

You Never Know What You May Run In To

Nature has a great way of pleasantly surprising you at the most random times. Often times something as simple as seeing a Lynx on the hunt or seeing a seal’s head pop up ahead of you is enough to make your entire day. Both activities allow you to interact with nature without actually disturbing it.

So How Can You Prepare?

You can choose to either rent a paddle board from any local water sports rental location or buy one! I recommend that you first try a paddle board before purchasing one to see how you get on with the sport. This is what I did for about a year before I took the plunge and got an inflatable paddle board!

How Paddle Boarding in the Summer can Prepare you for Snowshoeing in the Winter

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Best of Base and Midlayers: Helly Hansen Review https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/11/best-of-base-and-midlayers-helly-hansen-review/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/11/best-of-base-and-midlayers-helly-hansen-review/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 15:24:24 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=90846 Helly Hansen has done it again, offering some of the best base and midlayer apparel I’ve tried.

Midlayer- Ullr Jacket

It’s Ullr Midlayer Jacket, a mid-layer zip-up jacket with a hood, is a spectacular addition to mid-layers ideal for … Continue reading

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Helly Hansen has done it again, offering some of the best base and midlayer apparel I’ve tried.

Midlayer- Ullr Jacket

It’s Ullr Midlayer Jacket, a mid-layer zip-up jacket with a hood, is a spectacular addition to mid-layers ideal for snowshoeing and winter hiking.

The jacket is cunningly designed, with hand-warmer pockets, a chest pocket for the media of your choice, and two large interior pockets suitable for a wide range of items.

The sleeves offer thumb-hooks, one of my favourite features on a jacket. There is nylon reinforcing on the sleeves and shoulders to offer a little more wind and weather protection, and the hood fits exceptionally with nothing but some nylon stretch lining on the edges.

The hoody is warm enough to wear on its own down to the freezing mark or so with proper layering. It also sheds enough rain to be called water-resistant, which is a handy feature as well.

It’s also light and thin enough to easily fit under a heavier, warmer jacket, totally living up to its billing as an essential mid-layer garment. My only grumble with the jacket for this use is that the thumb-hooks sometimes get in the way and interfere with the sleeves on the outer layer, but rolling them up is a quick and easy fix.

The material in the jacket is worth mentioning as well. It’s a very different type of double-knit fleece, adding stretch to its warmth and durability.

The color was also attractive, although not essential. The Ullr came in a neutral grayish-green shade that didn’t clash with anything else I wore it with.

The zippers on the jacket are better quality than average on such a jacket, with real teeth instead of just a coil. Helly Hansen could improve the jacket somewhat by adding a double-zipper to it.

The fit is snug, but not quite an athletic fit, and definitely not a compression design. I am “stocky”, and found it a little tight on the torso to start with, but over a week or two, the jacket seemed to mould itself to me.

Baselayer- Dry Performance Crew

Adding to Helly Hansen’s bragging rights is the Dry Performance Crew baselayer I tried with the jacket.

This is a simply awesome shirt, although I’ve tried it less than I would have liked. That’s because my wife “appropriated” the shirt quite quickly, even though it’s too big for her.

“This is the best shirt ever,” she stated resoundingly and with a tone that didn’t argue well for any debate.

She’s worn it while snowshoeing and winter hiking in our unpredictable winter weather and found nothing to complain about at all. She’s even worn it as a base layer when she goes to work at a school near us, where she is regularly outside for long walks with special-needs students, again with no complaints.

The Helly Hansen website referred to the shirt as an “A new, progressive design featuring HH®Dry construction with LIFA® technology”, and as an “extremely breathable and super-lightweight performance baselayer. This long-sleeve provides moisture management during aerobic activities and is ideal for climbing, skiing, sailing and sports training. Comfortable and functional as an insulating layer for everyday use, featuring cuffs and a regular fit.”

It certainly has lived up to that billing, reaffirming my opinion of Helly Hansen as one of my go-to companies when it comes to quality outdoor apparel.

I doubt anyone would be disappointed with either of these items. I certainly wasn’t.

By Timothy Giilck

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Beyond Downhill Skiing: Winter Fun at Resorts in the Canadian Rockies https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/07/beyond-downhill-skiing-winter-fun-at-resorts-in-the-canadian-rockies/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/09/07/beyond-downhill-skiing-winter-fun-at-resorts-in-the-canadian-rockies/#respond Fri, 07 Sep 2018 14:12:19 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91037 Alpine resorts are having to step up their game with a larger variety of winter activities as more groups and families visit each year, often looking for more than the classic ski package. Couples are looking for special additions to … Continue reading

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Alpine resorts are having to step up their game with a larger variety of winter activities as more groups and families visit each year, often looking for more than the classic ski package. Couples are looking for special additions to round out a romantic ski weekend, families need afternoon options for occupying the kids once they tire out on the hill, and groups often have at least one member who might not ski at all.

The more activities a resort offers, the longer a group can stay and find something new to do each day. Hit the slopes, and then try some of these other signature resort experiences below:

Beyond Downhill Skiing: Winter fun at Resorts in the Canadian Rockies

One. Take a Historical Snowshoe and Fondue Tour at Banff’s Sunshine Village

Sunshine’s historical snowshoe tour offers a unique experience in Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as guides lead you through pristine powder into Sunshine Meadows and to a small island in the middle of backcountry Rock Isle Lake. The tour finishes with a visit to Sunshine Mountain Lodge where you’ll be treated to a traditional Swiss-style cheese fondue.

Other Snowshoe Tours to Check Out:

Sign up for a guided scenic snowshoe tour at the Lake Louise Ski Resort in Banff and enjoy a sightseeing gondola ride with your tour. Skiers can also register for an evening snowshoe tour after a day on the slopes.

Enjoy the best of snowshoe and chocolate pairing at Kimberley Alpine Resort in the East Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia with a S’mores Snowshoe Tour or a Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe Tour.

Visit Fernie Alpine Resort, also located in British Columbia’s East Kootenay Rockies for the Snowshoe & Dine Package. Guests enjoy a guided snowshoe tour finished off with a pasta & wine pairing experience at Lizard Creek Lodge.

Snowshoeing at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park

 

Two. Visit the Panorama Nordic Centre and Ski up to the Hale Hut

Plan a winter vacation to Panorama Mountain Resort in the East Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia (with ski in/ski out accommodations available in the alpine village) and spend a day at the Panorama Nordic Centre where you’ll find over 12 miles of trails, groomed for classic and skate skiing, with rentals on site. Multi-use trails are also open to snowshoeing and fat tire biking with rentals available for both at the Nordic Centre.

My favourite ski trail leads visitors up to the Hale Hut in a gradual 3-mile climb to a beautiful warming hut located on a scenic bench above the valley.

Other Resorts Recommended for Nordic Skiing:

Lake Louise Resort, Banff National Park – Spend a few days in the Village of Lake Louise and enjoy a variety of winter sports including downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice skating. (Visit the Lake Louise Tourism website for more information.)

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Golden, BC – Plan a winter trip to Golden and enjoy cross-country skiing at the Dawn Mountain Nordic Centre (with over 20 miles of trails groomed for classic and skate skiing)

Cross-country skiing at Panorama Mountain Resort (The Hale Hut)

 

Three. Go Tubing at Mount Norquay in Banff National Park

Tubing is a great activity for the whole family with no previous experience required. It’s relatively gentle on adult bodies, and you won’t have to walk up the hill at the end of each ride down. There’s always a magic carpet lift to get you (and your tube) to the top of the hill when you visit a resort tube park.

While there are many tube parks in the Canadian Rockies, Tube Town at Mount Norquay is one of the largest (and most thrilling) ones I’ve visited. Visitors can also add a sightseeing chairlift ride on to their tubing pass for a small additional cost to visit the Cliffhouse Bistro for food or drinks on top of the mountain.

For a full review of tube parks across the Canadian Rockies check out this previous story I wrote: Family Tube Park Review (Calgary, Kananaskis, Banff, and Lake Louise.)

Tube Town at Mount Norquay in Banff National Park

 

Four. Enjoy Dining on Top of the World at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort

Whether you’re a skier, a hiker, or simply passing through the East Kootenay Rockies of British Columbia on a road trip, no visit to Golden is complete without a meal at the Eagle’s Eye Restaurant on top of Kicking Horse Mountain Resort.

Take a gondola to the top of the mountain and discover “Canada’s most talked about culinary experience and the crown jewel of resort dining.” (Quote: Kicking Horse Mountain Resort)

Enjoy lunch, afternoon appetizers, or dinner (with evening reservations available Friday and Saturday nights.)

Other Recommended Sightseeing and Dining Experiences:

Mount Norquay, Banff National Park – “Wine and dine at 7000 feet” at the Cliffhouse Bistro, accessible via scenic chairlift ride.

Sunshine Village, Banff National Park – Ride the Sunshine Gondola to the Upper Village area. At the Village, continue up the mountain and ride the Standish Chairlift to the top of Mt. Standish or ride the Angel Chairlift for great views over the Continental Divide. Finish off your visit with lunch in the Sunshine Mountain Lodge or on the Mad Trappers patio (ideal on a sunny spring day.)

Panorama Mountain Resort – Book a Heli Fondue tour at the Summit Hut for the ultimate après-ski experience (and with a ride both up and down, you don’t need to be a skier to get to the top of the mountain.) Alternately for those who do ski, book a Swiss fondue or raclette experience at either the Summit Hut or the Elkhorn Cabin at the end of the day, and then enjoy a guided ski down after lifts have closed.

Mountain top dining at Panorama Mountain Resort

 

Five. Try Fat Tire Biking at Kimberley Alpine Resort

Kimberley is an adorable German-themed town in the East Kootenay Rockies with a great local ski hill and an alpine village with ski in/ski out accommodations. Beyond downhill skiing though, I’ve really enjoyed the cross country skiing at the Kimberley Nordic Centre (a two-minute drive from the village with over 18 miles of trails and lit night skiing,) and on my next visit, I hope to take a fat biking tour.

Sign up for a Trickle Creek S’mores Fat Bike Adventure and enjoy a 2-hour guided tour through the winding trails of the Trickle Creek Golf Resort forest. Along the way, you’ll stop to warm up by a fire, cook some s’mores, and enjoy a hot beverage. And for those looking for a cool après-ski experience, you can also try the tour at night with headlamps.

Other Resorts that offer Fat Bike Rentals and Tours:

Spend a weekend at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge, a short drive away from the Nakiska Ski Resort (only an hour away from Calgary, Alberta) and sign up for a guided fat bike tour to a gorgeous set of frozen waterfalls with Kananaskis Outfitters.

Try the Thursday evening ride and dine tour at Fernie Alpine Resort or rent a bike from the resort and head out on your own to check out the Nordic trails (super convenient if staying on the hill in one of the ski in/ski out condos.)

Stop in at the Panorama Nordic Centre to rent bikes, and go exploring on the resort’s Nordic trails. The trails are well marked for self-navigating and they even rent children’s plus sized bikes so the whole family can go for a ride together

Fat Biking at Panorama Mountain Resort

 

Six. Skate the World’s Longest Skating Path in the East Kootenay Rockies

The Lake Windermere Whiteway is an 18.7-mile-long track that links the towns of Invermere and Windermere together on the ice. The Whiteway is groomed and tracked for classic cross-country skiing and has four ice skating loops of different lengths as well paralleling the ski tracks. (Combine all four loops if you want to skate the full 18+ mile distance.)

Centrally located in the Columbia Valley of the East Kootenay Rockies, The Whiteway is an easy day trip option from Panorama Mountain Resort, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort, or even from Kimberley or Golden.

Also recommended for ice skating:

Skate on one of the most beautiful outdoor rinks in the world at Lake Louise in front of the Chateau Lake Louise Resort. The lake is cleared with rinks for both leisure skating and for hockey, and if you time your visit right, you’ll get to enjoy the ice castle and ice sculptures created in January’s Ice Magic Festival. (The castle and sculptures are up until they melt.)

Skating on the Lake Windermere Whiteway, world’s longest skating track

 

Seven. Ski or Snowshoe into a Backcountry Lodge at Lake Louise

Skoki Lodge is an amazing backcountry destination for hikers or skiers looking to explore the path less traveled beyond the popular Lake Louise Ski Resort. The lodge is accessed via a seven-mile trail that climbs over two alpine passes and across scenic Ptarmigan Lake.

Once at the lodge, guests receive comfortable lodging in private rooms along with all meals during their stay. Bring your pajamas and a pair of slippers, a headlamp, and your toothbrush for one of the easiest winter camping experiences you’ll find.

When you return to civilization, you can extend your stay with downhill skiing at the Lake Louise Ski Resort or enjoy the trails down at the Village (suitable for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat tire biking – with rentals available for all sports.) Visit the Lake Louise Tourism website for more information.

Snowshoeing across Ptarmigan Lake near Skoki Lodge, Lake Louise

 

Eight. Ski and Soak at the Fairmont Hot Springs Resort

Fairmont Hot Springs in the East Kootenay Rockies is home to a small family ski hill, hotel resort, and mineral hot springs pool. Spend a day on the hill and receive complimentary admission to the mineral hot springs. Alternately, spend a weekend at the resort and enjoy cross country skiing and snowshoeing on local area trails, take a day trip the Lake Windermere Whiteway, or simply spend a day relaxing in the hot pools.

Other Recommended Resorts for a Ski, Play, and Soak Experience:

Panorama Mountain Resort – All overnight stays in the Panorama Mountain Village includes access to the Panorama Springs Hot Pools. Spend your day skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking, and then soak your tired muscles in the large slopeside hot pools.

Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort – Enjoy a slopeside swimming pool and hot tub in this ski in/ski out condo property at Fernie. Spend your day on the hill, or explore the resort trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking. Fabulous dining at the Cirque restaurant on site adds to the après-ski experience along with a visit to the attached Ice Bar.

Slopeside Pool at Lizard Creek Lodge, Fernie Alpine Resort

 

Nine. Spend a Relaxing Day at a Nordic Spa in Kananaskis Country

The Delta Kananaskis Lodge is located 5 minutes away from Nakiska Ski Area  in Alberta (a one-hour drive from the City of Calgary.) Spend a few days at the lodge and enjoy downhill skiing at Nakiska along with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or fat biking on the Kananaskis Village Trails. Then when your body screams “enough,” make your way over to the brand-new Nordic Spa, which opened March 2018 at the Delta Lodge.

The spa will take up 50,000 sq. ft. of indoor-outdoor space, and the first phase of the spa will feature three outdoor pools, four steam and sauna cabins, eight indoor treatment rooms, and outdoor fireside lounges.

Day rates will also be available for the spa for those not staying overnight at the Lodge.

Unwind at the Delta Kananaskis Lodge at Kananaskis Village

 

Ten. Take a Snow Cat Snowshoe or Ski Tour at Island Lake Lodge in Fernie

Fernie is a charming mountain town in the East Kootenay Rockies with fabulous ski in/ski out accommodations available at Fernie Alpine Resort. Spend a few days on the ski hill or explore the resort’s Nordic trails. When you’re ready to explore further though, Island Lake Lodge is where you’ll want to head for the ultimate snowshoe or cross-country ski experience.

Book a winter lunch tour at Island Lake Lodge and enjoy a snow cat ride up to the lodge, gourmet 2-course lunch, and time to explore the trails around the lake. Snowshoes and cross-country skis are available to rent at the lodge, and spa treatments can also be added on.

For a truly decadent experience, consider spending a night or two at the lodge with meals included in all overnight packages. Cat skiing can also be included as part of your package for those looking for the ultimate adventure.

Book your own trip to Canada to experience these winter activities for yourself!

Island Lake Lodge, Fernie (Credit: Tourism Fernie and Island Lake Lodge)

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Love Your Feet With Hidden Peak https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/08/28/love-your-feet-with-hidden-peak/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/08/28/love-your-feet-with-hidden-peak/#respond Wed, 29 Aug 2018 01:48:34 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91239 A dream sock for trailblazers; did you ever think finding utopia underfoot might be possible?

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A dream sock for trailblazers; did you ever think finding utopia underfoot might be possible?

Canada’s Sarah Seads Working Mountain Trails

Wear the new fantasy for feet—Hidden Peak Outdoor Trail Blazers—offering recreation comfort for the footers of life: those who travel trails and seek adventure while performance hiking, running, or snowshoeing.

These high functioning socks provide magical satisfaction for that wonder of peoplekind: your feet. We must remember, feet are people, too, or so it seems. When happy they can go seemingly forever. Make them mad, and no two-year-old’s tantrum will match the pain one will endure.

The complex world of ILNA sock manufacturing

Feet not only offer the keys to getting you where you want to go, but they provide a significant component for life by giving balance; keeping you upright when you stumble over that unseen root. Going the wrong way in your daily career journey? Turnaround with your feet, go a different way. Found Joy? Then celebrate with her by dancing . . . With your tippy toes attached to, well, you know.

What I discovered by putting my Hidden Peak Outdoor Trail Blazers to the test falls in the category of a New Sensation, as INXS sings: “Don’t let your pain take over you. Hey, now I’m gonna take a new sensation,” bringing one’s feet alive not just existing as dull appendages at the bottom of legs. The breakthrough fits in the realm of finding new passions, a fresh flood of possibilities.

Nothing says “trails” better than stylish splashes of taupe, brown, and orange

Hidden Peak Outdoor Trail Blazers in Action

Jeff Kildahl, Ph.D., transforms from a dedicated wellness and performance consultant, writer and author to emerge from the creative phone booth as the 700-Mile Man.  Monthly, in a very successful drive to raise funds for a specific charity, he treks trails for a philanthropic purpose. That mileage ranks as an outlier, creating a monster-tester for the Hidden Peak Outdoor™ performance socks. Hang on as he files this report:

Cranking 700-plus miles per month for charity is an arduous endeavor in which pain inevitably invokes its sinister presence. Hidden Peak Outdoor™ performance socks provide the requisite comfort to prolong the privilege of repetitive, self-imposed difficulty to benefit others.

The 700-Mile Man, Jeff Kildahl Ph.D., puts Trail Blazers to the roughest test possible.

In order to thrive in adverse conditions, endurance athletes know their repertoire of apparel and accessories must outlast one’s perseverance. The beauty of Hidden Peak Outdoor™ performance socks allows us to explore with abandon our possibilities amid the grandeur and rigors of Mother Earth’s playground.

Creative pursuits on the trails cannot be inhibited by linear thinking or subpar tools of the trade. Our instinctive flow cannot be restricted by our fixation on socks that suck a few hours or miles into our endurance endeavor.

Hidden Peak Outdoor™ performance socks scores as one of an array of brands boasting authentic technological blends per style and activity whether watching “Monday Night Snowshoe Racing” or facing your demons on a solo Badwater 135 crossing in the desert heat.

Monday Night Snowshoe Racing television might knock football out of its vaulted spot.

 I tested the Men’s Crew XL size. Check this list of style offerings.

  • Knee High;
  • Low Cut;
  • Calf;
  • Quarter;
  • Tab

Hidden Peak Outdoor™ performance socks fared exceptionally well while prudently traversing scree in 80-degree, windy conditions. Despite sweating profusely the socks failed to shift when lightning-quick varying foot positions were necessary to escape the precipice of disaster.

Equally impressive was its performance during a 53-mile run that encountered a 50-degree temperature swing, torrential rain, snow, mud, sand, and multiple stream crossings.

Hidden Peak Outdoor™ performance socks maintained superior fit and elasticity in diverse conditions. Its ability to provide frictionless comfort thwarted chafing, blisters, hot spots, callouses, and so forth is unequivocal.

The key difference in the superiority of this performance sock is its ability to remain fitted where it was intended before you laced your shoes. I did not encounter any slippage or movement despite the described conditions and temperature fluctuations.

All of this means, our durability on trail increases.

Another discovery, Hidden Peak socks love legs as they tightly hug one’s calves the entire wear. These crews (I wear Men’s Crew XL) don’t just cover the ankles and that’s it. They generously stretch up to about halfway to the knee. No creeping down the calf either during use, no matter the number of gyrations I perform scampering down a steep path, stepping up over boulders, or hoisting heavyweight. The sock’s premium polyester cotton blend along with a splash of spandex does that with the assistance of a non-binding comfort top.

Stylish arch support with padded areas in dark brown. Just behind the logo sits the fresh air mesh, invisible to the camera, venting your feet.

Speaking from life-long experience with large feet, the reinforced toes along with the built-in arch support provide the frame I need to travel distance, all without pain.

But here is the real bonus:

These are not thick, smelly woollies but appear, when compared with other brands, rather thin. Yet they travel as if packed deep with exotic dampening. Hidden Peak calls that feature “Zone cushioning for shock absorbing comfort.” I call it old-fashion feel good.

Women’s sizes are not yet available for this particular sock unless one can adopt a men’s size. A choice perhaps working better for some users includes TCS Performance Athletic Anti-Fatigue Crews for both women and men. This variety enhances compression with white or black color choices. Additionally, check the TCS Quarter-Performance selection with Arikool—a unique feature percolating from a savvy knitting technique. What they discovered provides “one-way moisture transport by locking moisture out and away,” keeping your grateful feet dry and comfortable. Based on hydrophobic fibers that wick moisture, then hydrophilic cotton draws moisture Up Up and Away  from the foot like “my beautiful balloon,” just as The 5th Dimension’s psychedelic rock song imagines.

About the Manufacturer

That mastery comes from the think-tank research Comfort Sock performs before ever stitching their hosiery. They seek out innovative yarns, fibers, and structure that they can manipulate for the joy of our feet. Then, determining blends, welts, heel gores and toe seams all play a role. They say, “We eat, breathe and sleep Socks.” For those who eat, breathe and sleep the outdoors, that’s comforting to know.

Hidden Peak is a rapidly growing brand that you just may be discovering. Interloop North America  (ILNA) represents Interloop Ltd., “one of the world’s leading sock manufacturers” with more than a quarter-billion dollars in revenue produced from 4,000 knitting machines, 46,704 ring-spinning spindles—I counted them—and 15,000 employees.  ILNA headquarters in downtown Winston Salem, North Carolina, works “to be an agent of positive change for the stakeholders and community by pursuing an ethical and sustainable business.”

100-mile endurance athletes at the Savage 100, Minnesota

Their values show in a motto titled “I-Care,” an acronym based on acting with integrity, nurturing a caring culture, accepting responsibility and accountability, respecting the environment and its people while achieving excellence through the highest standards.

Feet appreciate that attitude. So should we.

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Redfeather Gear Guide https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/06/08/redfeather-gear-guide/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/06/08/redfeather-gear-guide/#respond Sat, 09 Jun 2018 01:34:41 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91298 REDFEATHER Brand Overview

Redfeather Snowshoes is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. They are one of the few brands that are completely handcrafted in the USA. Also, Redfeather Snowshoes is owned by a non-profit company called ORC Industries. The … Continue reading

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REDFEATHER Brand Overview

Redfeather Snowshoes is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA. They are one of the few brands that are completely handcrafted in the USA. Also, Redfeather Snowshoes is owned by a non-profit company called ORC Industries. The sole purpose of ORC Industries is to provide job opportunities to people with disabilities. A minimum of 75% of their workforce is comprised of people with physical and mental disabilities.

Think about that next time you get on your Redfeather snowshoes. Not only did you get a great pair of snowshoes, they are also a great company looking to do a lot of good in the world.

REDFEATHER Snowshoes

Redfeather has been making and improving snowshoes for a long time. For example, they were the first to introduce the V-Tail design in snowshoes in 1988. When thinking about Redfeather snowshoes, it’s best to think about the tried and true. Their snowshoe models have been around for a long time and have been tested heavily. Expect them to hold up to the abuse you can send them on your day trips or backcountry adventures.

Men’s Hike™

The Hike snowshoe is built to accommodate for the wider stride of a man’s walking gate and it is Redfeather’s most popular recreational hiking snowshoe. The Live Action Hinge lifts the tail with every step for added mobility and speed. The SV2 Binding System has a rugged design with a one-pull strap for quick-adjustments, this ensures a secure fit and superior lateral support. The Aluminum front and rear crampons give stability while the vinyl shields help to shed snow and ice. The powder coated 6000 series aircraft aluminum frame provides strength and endurance. The Hike snowshoe comes is four different sizes to accommodate for weight, height and the depth of snow.

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Hike™ Kit

The Hike kit includes one pair of Redfeather Snowshoes, a durable nylon draw string Tote and a set of 3-Section poles with snow bails and rubber trekking tips for the summer months.

The Hike is Redfeather’s most popular recreational hiking snowshoe, due to the Redfeather Live Action Hinge that lifts the tail of the snowshoe with every step for added mobility and speed. The SV2 Binding System has a rugged design with a quick-adjust one-pull strap that ensures a secure fit and superior lateral support. Aluminum front and rear crampons for stability with vinyl shields to shed snow and ice and a powder coated 6000 series aircraft aluminum frame provides strength and endurance no matter the terrain. The Hike for Men is proudly crafted by hand in America.

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Trek™

Trek snowshoes come with the SV2 Binding which provides a comfortable, secure and easy on and off binding which features a one pull handle for quick adjustment.

The Trek’s Live Action Hinge lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow with every step for added mobility and speed. Our 6000 Series Aircraft Aluminum V-tail is designed for exceptional maneuverability in deeper snow.  Aluminum front and rear crampons for stability with vinyl shields to shed snow and ice. The aggressive toe and heel design ensures maximum enjoyment with each step on all terrains. Our Rip Stop Vinyl decking provides superior puncture and abrasion resistance that stays soft in sub-zero temperatures.

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Trek™ Kit

The Trek snowshoe kit includes one pair of Redfeather Snowshoes that comes with a durable polycanvas mesh-front, zip-closed carry bag and a set of 3-Section poles with snow bails and rubber trekking tips for the summer months.

The SV2 Binding provides a comfortable and secure, easy on and off binding which features a one pull handle for quick adjustment.

The Live Action Hinge lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow with every step for added mobility and speed. Our 6000 Series Aircraft Aluminum V-tail is designed for exceptional maneuverability in deeper snow. Aluminum front and rear crampons for stability with vinyl shields to shed snow and ice. The aggressive toe and heel design ensures maximum enjoyment with each step on all terrains. Our Rip Stop Vinyl decking provides superior puncture and abrasion resistance that stays soft in sub-zero temperatures.

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Conquest™

Backpacker Magazine voted the Conquest snowshoe as “The Best Snowshoe Bargain”. Injection molded with a rugged, stand up design for easy entry and exit. The summit binding features three straps for stability and comfort while avoiding pinch points.

The stainless steel powder coated Crampon System sheds snow and ice and the Summit Binding for easy entry and egress. The Live Action Hinge lifts the tail of the snowshoe with each step to create an extremely mobile, agile snowshoe.

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Hike Women’s™ Kit

The Hike Women’s kit includes one pair of Redfeather Snowshoes that comes with a durable nylon draw string Tote and a set of 3-Section poles with snow bails and rubber trekking tips for the summer months.

One of Redfeather’s most popular snowshoes and built specifically for a woman’s stride, the Hike™ for Women features a narrowed Western Roundtail for superior flotation and a Live Action Hinge for added mobility and speed. The Women’s Hike™ was designed to provide a snowshoeing experience that is easy on a woman’s hips, knees and joints. Because a woman has a slightly narrower stride than a man, Redfeather created the framework of this snowshoe to be in harmony with that narrow stride. The result is a woman’s snowshoe that will provide hour after hour of hiking and recreational snowshoeing enjoyment. The SV2 Binding System ensures a secure fit and superior lateral support.

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Pace™

The Pace snowshoe offers a narrower design to accommodate an average woman’s stride in addition to the Live-Action Hinge lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow for added mobility and speed. Also the SV2 Binding provides a comfortable, secure, easy on and off binding and features a one pull handle for quick-adjustment.
Most noteworthy is the 6000 Series Aircraft Aluminum V-tail because it is designed for exceptional maneuverability in deeper snow. Another important addition is the Aluminum front and rear crampons which provide stability due to the ice shields to shed snow and ice. Lastly the Rip Stop Vinyl decking provides superior puncture and abrasion resistance that stays soft in sub-zero temperatures.

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Pace™ Kit

The Pace Snowshoe kit includes one pair of Redfeather Snowshoes, a durable front zip-closed carry bag and a set of 3-Section poles. The kit also includes snow bails and rubber trekking tips for the summer months.

The Pace Snowshoe has a V-tail design for exceptional maneuverability, especially in deeper snow. In addition, the Pace Snowshoe is specifically built to accommodate the different strides of the average woman or man.

First of all, the SV2 Binding provides a comfortable, secure, easy on and off binding which features a one pull handle for quick-adjustment. This binding also has a Live Action Hinge which lifts the tail of the shoe from the snow while adding mobility and speed. Th The Sure Grip crampon system is stainless steel and has a powder coated front and rear crampon to shed snow and ice. The Rip Stop Vinyl decking provides superior resistance from punctures or abrasions and stays soft in sub-zero temperatures.

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Women’s Hike™

Women’s Hike snowshoe is one of Redfeather’s most popular snowshoes. This shoe is built specifically for a woman’s stride which features a narrowed Western Roundtail for superior flotation and a Live Action Hinge for added mobility and speed. The Women’s Hike™ was designed to provide a snowshoeing experience that is easy on a woman’s hips, knees and joints. Because a woman has a slightly narrower stride than a man, Redfeather created the framework of this snowshoe to be in harmony with that narrow stride. Aluminum front and rear crampons for stability with vinyl shields to shed snow and ice. The result is a woman’s snowshoe that will provide hour after hour of hiking and recreational snowshoeing enjoyment. The SV2 Binding System ensures a secure fit and superior lateral support.

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Vapor™

The Redfeather Vapor snowshoe is a winter runner’s dream. Our lightest snowshoe, the Vapor is the choice of champion snowshoe racers throughout the Snow. Handcrafted in USA and supports up to 190 lbs. of total weight. The raised V-tail design enhances a runner’s stride and has a an ultra light cross country binding. The Live action hinge improves mobility and speed along with a featherlight frame and crampon system made with aircraft aluminum. The Rip Stop Deck stays supple in cold temps and comes with a limited warranty.

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Snowflake™

Blitzen Roundtail Snowshoe:
• Snowflake Snowshoe for Men and Women has a Powder Coated crampon and has a Roundtail styled tail
• Sizes: 25” 30”
• Live Action Hinge for great mobility
• Summit Binding, “stand up” design that’s easy on-easy off
• TX 35 Rip Stop Vinyl Deck with special snowflake graphic
• Sure Grip Powder Coated Stainless Steel Crampon System

Dasher V-Tail Snowshoe:
• Youth size: 22” with the Summit Binding (up to 125 lb.)
• Live Action Hinge for great mobility
• Summit Binding, “stand up” design that’s easy on-easy off
• TX 35 Rip Stop Vinyl Deck with special snowflake graphic
• 22” Youth has an aluminum crampon system

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Y2

It’s time to send the kids outside for some snowflake stomping fun! The Y2 Snowshoe is just what they need to make it happen! This V-tail has all the features we build into every Redfeather snowshoe in a very “kid friendly” design. The Y-2 supports up to 125 lbs.

The SV2 Bindings provide a comfortable, secure, easy on and off bindings that features a one pull handle for quick-adjustment. The Live Action Hinge lifts the tail of the snowshoe with each step for added mobility and speed. The aluminum crampons and 6000 Series Aircraft Aluminum frame are the same high quality that can be found in the adult size snowshoes from Redfeather. The Rip Stop Vinyl decking will take miles and miles of snow stomping fun! The strap color of the shoes may vary.

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Elf™

The Elf snowshoe is designed for the 5 to 9 year old and looks “just like Mom and Dad’s snowshoes.” In fact, the Elf snowshoe has many of the features built in to our adult snowshoes. This 17” western roundtail design provides great stability on the snow, while the Live Action Hinge provides all the agility and mobility any kid could hope for.

The Youth Binding is a flexible and secure binding which features lateral support, quick adjusting, mid section and heel straps. Our Aluminum front and rear crampons have superior bite for traction and stability. The Rip Stop Vinyl decking provides superior puncture and abrasion resistance that stays soft in sub-zero temperatures.

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Flashtrax™

Amp up the romping in the snow by making “monster paw” prints and lighting up with every step. Each step sets off an array of brightly colored LED lights in the FlashTrax toes, making snowshoeing something kids will never tire of.

The bindings are flexible and secure which feature lateral support, adjustable mid-section and heel straps. The bindings stay snug and are ergonomically placed to fit a child’s stride.

Brightly colored molded plastic decks in dark blue decking with green bindings and light blue decking with pink bindings. with Motion Active lights you will not only be leaving your trail of “monster paws” but you will also be lighting up every step.

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Snowpaw™

Make Bigfoot tracks! SnowPaws are shaped like a bear paw and leave tracks in the snow. Complete with easy-on, easy-off binding. Great tracks mean lots to do and games to play and they finally get to go snowshoeing without a kicking, drooling load on your back. If you are shopping for kids’ snowshoes then this is a perfect fit. Not only does this mean the little rascal can walk on his own, but with these snowshoes your kids just may be able to keep up with you. Less work, more fun.

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REDFEATHER Snowshoe Accessories

Here is the list of REDFEATHER snowshoeing accessories. If you have a pair of REDFEATHER snowshoes or are looking to buy a pair, check them out.

Control Snowshoe Binding
Epic Snowshoe Binding
Summit Snowshoe Binding
SV2 Snowshoe Binding
Thunderbolt Kit
Ultra Snowshoe Binding
Youth 2 Snowshoe Binding
Aluminum, Front Crampons
Eagle Front Crampon
Snowshoe Heel Lift
Sure Grip Front Crampon
Sure Grip Rear Talon

REDFEATHER Snow Accessories

Also, here is outdoor gear you should consider if you are going out in the snow.

Three Section Trekking Poles

REDFEATHER Other Outdoor Gear

Jackets
Hats

 

 

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Helly Hansen Odin Veor Review https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/04/08/helly-hansen-odin-veor-review/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/04/08/helly-hansen-odin-veor-review/#respond Mon, 09 Apr 2018 01:40:59 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91002

Helly Hansen has come up with a cool new way to stay warm and comfortable while snowshoeing and winter hiking. The Odin Veor down jacket might be one of the best jackets available today for active outdoor enthusiasts. It’s a … Continue reading

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Helly Hansen has come up with a cool new way to stay warm and comfortable while snowshoeing and winter hiking. The Odin Veor down jacket might be one of the best jackets available today for active outdoor enthusiasts. It’s a very light down parka with an ingenious venting system that works very, very well.

Helly Hansen says the fabric on the coat is 25D down-proof, lightweight with DWR
90/10 Goose down with 800 fill-power (Allied Down). That makes it warm, but not suffocatingly so. It’s not what I would call a “standing-around” jacket… this puppy is designed to keep you warm while you’re on the move. Mind you, I find it isn’t bad while just lounging outside, to temperatures down to about -15 Celsius.

The strength of the jacket, though, lies in what the company describes as “strategically placed back airflow baffles and front zipper vents. The baffles on the back are smartly covered up by overlapping fabric, while the front zipper chest vents are easily accessible on their own. Once you open those vents, more-than-adequate ventilation begins immediately.

The system reminds me of a Misty Mountain three-in-one jacket I purchased about 20 years ago with somewhat similar zippered vents. That system never worked as well as I thought it should, but Helly Hansen has gone a long ways toward making its version nearly ideal. I also have a heavy down parka made by Columbia Sportswear featuring the same concept, which also doesn’t work quite as well.

The jacket has the “versatility to be worn under a shell or on its own,” the company literature says, and that’s definitely true. It’s such a thin, light coat it would be easy to put a shell over it, especially in wet conditions, although I haven’t had to do so yet. I’ve worn it snowshoeing in temperatures down to -18 C, and the system really does work to curtail sweating. My biggest problem while snowshoeing is always trying to avoid overheating, and the Odin Veor does that about as well as anything I’ve tried.

I’ve also used it extensively while shovelling my 100-meter laneway, and it’s ideal for that as well. That’s the only time so far I’ve been able to work up a real sweat in it, and it’s been far better than anything else I’ve tried. That’s not to say there isn’t some room for improvement. The Odin Veor lacks a double-zipper, which is always desirable, particularly for a longer coat. I’ve been puzzled for years as to why it isn’t a standard feature on a winter jacket. Such a zipper is always a welcome convenience while fiddling with snowshoe harnesses.

The hood is very functional, convenient and warm, but I find the system to tighten the shock cords inconvenient. It’s very similar to my Columbia heavy down parka, which I’ve never liked at all. The system just doesn’t come intuitively to me. The fit of the jacket is also fairly good, although I would suggest it could be slightly looser, more akin to an Icefall jacket I have that is also made by Helly Hansen, but that’s me being picky. I’m stocky enough that a regular/athletic fit doesn’t suit me as well as it might.

The jacket also features mammoth hand-warmer pockets and a stuff suck that will come in handy to back-country types. All in all, this is a jacket that a lot of people will want.

T.S. Giilck

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Faber S-line Snowshoes Review https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/04/01/faber-s-line-snowshoes-review/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/04/01/faber-s-line-snowshoes-review/#respond Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:07:01 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=91012 Faber Snowshoes deserve a large round of applause for an innovative re-invention of the snowshoe. The company’s S-series is simply a pleasure to use. It’s a sliding snowshoe that shows the evolution towards skis that’s going to appeal to many … Continue reading

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Faber Snowshoes deserve a large round of applause for an innovative re-invention of the snowshoe. The company’s S-series is simply a pleasure to use. It’s a sliding snowshoe that shows the evolution towards skis that’s going to appeal to many people.

The concept is superficially similar to the Marquette Backcountry Ski series, which I had the chance to try out a few years ago. However, as Michael Faber told me during our discussions about the model, Marquette’s concept was to make a ski more like a snowshoe. Faber has taken its legendary snowshoe expertise and turned it toward building a snowshoe that moves a bit like a cross-country ski, and that’s a huge difference. If you come from a snowshoeing background, chances are good you will find this preferable to the Marquettes.

Although I do a bit of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing had always been my first love when it comes to winter sports. I’m just not coordinated enough to manage skis properly, and my thrashing around on them leaves me quickly winded and tired. Increasingly, though, following a couple of surgeries and medical problems that have affected my hips and pelvis, snowshoeing has become a bit more difficult for me.

I am also difficult to size for snowshoes, as my build is peculiar. I am short and heavy, with even more disproportionately-short legs. My weight requires bigger snowshoes for floatation, which puts added strain on my hips. I’ve spent the last 2.5 months trying out a pair of the S-series, and I’ve been delighted with them because they solve most of those problems.

The S-line are quite narrow for a snowshoe, lessening the demands on my hips. They offer great flotation in powdery, fluffy snow. And once I caught on to the proper semi-gliding stride that requires virtually no lifting, I was even more pleased with how (relatively) effortless they seemed. The lack of lifting, unlike a regular snowshoe, is one of the defining features of the S-line. The motion is not quite a cross-country ski glide but is more of a distant cousin. While researching the S-line, I watched several videos, including one of a man who appeared to be in his 50s or 60s, dashing through the snow and apparently having a grand time. I’m not quite that good on them yet.

One of the most innovative features of the S-line shoes is removable plastic skins. There are nine different combinations possible, from no skins at all to full grip skins on the front and rear of the snowshoes. The skins help add grip when necessary, or to glide and slide when wanted. They are an awesome addition to the S-line, although they do make for a little more work. I’ve tried all the possible combinations, and most often stick with the medium-grip skins, which seem ideal for most conditions.

Another of the videos I watched shows a man using the S-line skis and changing the skins on the go in the field without removing them. I don’t have anywhere near the dexterity and agility to do that, but it would be a helpful skill to master. The S-line shoes also have wings on the mainframe to provide extra grip beyond the skins, and that’s a welcome addition.

I have only minor criticisms of the S-line shoes. The first is the toe-cap on the harnesses, which needs to be enlarged somewhat. If the boots you are using with them have enough of a rocker toe/sole, it’s possible for your toe to pop right over the top of the caps, and that will create quite a problem in deep snow. Otherwise, the ratcheting harness is very simple to use and exceptionally adjustable.

The only other difficulty I encountered came in side-slippage on harder-packed snow. It’s been an extremely variable winter here in Southern Ontario, ranging from two meters of fluffy snow over Christmas to hard, icy snow that’s managed to survive four thaws so far.

Ordinarily, the S-line shoes are extremely stable and comfortable, but several times on hard-pack they slid sideways unexpectedly. That makes me a little dubious as to how they would perform on icier slopes, but no snowshoe works perfectly in every condition. My wife also tried the S-line out on several occasions, and absolutely loved them. Two of her three favourite models of snowshoes (the North Cliff being the other) have been made by Faber. I’m probably going to have to resign myself to having access to these shoes only on a part-time basis.

So, should anyone who likes snowshoes try the S-line? Definitely… and you might find yourself stripping down your snowshoe collection afterwards.

T.S. Giilck

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MSR Brand Overview

MSR makes a wide range of products including snowshoes. This guide will focus on MSR’s top notch snowshoeing products. For other MSR products, see products at the end of the article.

MSR Snowshoes

MSR snowshoes, in my humble opinion, are excellent all-around snowshoes. For powder, end-of-season ice, off-trail, backcountry, first-timers, or hill-climbing, MSR snowshoes will get the job done. In many cases, better than any other snowshoe. Below is the list of all MSR snowshoes currently available for sale.

Lightning™ Ascent Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: The pinnacle of ultralight and aggressive all-terrain performance.

Ultralight snowshoes are built on a solid foundation of our advanced 360° Traction™ frames and deliver a level of security that tubular frames simply can’t—especially on traverses. Dual-component PosiLock™ AT bindings offer our most secure attachment, while rugged decking ensures long-lasting durability. In technical terrain, the snowshoes’ steel cross members and easily engaged Ergo™ Televators back you up with every step. And like all of our snowshoes, Lightning Ascents offer the all-condition adaptability of our Modular Flotation tails.

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Womens Lightning Ascent Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Ultralight and aggressive performance engineered for a narrow gait.

What began as a solution for women has become the top choice of anyone with a narrow gait, or those seeking the lightest possible alternative in this aggressive snowshoe. We engineered our Women’s 360° Traction™ frames in conjunction with a renowned expert in athletic biomechanics, resulting in a lower-profile frame that saves weight and improves agility with narrow gaits. Paired with our PosiLock™ AT bindings to create our most secure attachment, new tougher decking, and the easily engaged Ergo™ Televators, they’ll back you up with every step.

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Revo™ Ascent Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Rock-solid durability, security and all-terrain snowshoe performance.

Our rugged Revo Ascent snowshoes are engineered to take you anywhere you want—or need—to go. That confidence starts with their ExoTract™ deck, which combines external steel teeth for gripping the contours of slopes, with supreme durability, and the torsional flex of plastic for excellent purchase. Steep terrain demands the security of our PosiLock™ AT bindings and Ergo™ Televators heel lifts, while the snowshoe’s reinforced nose and new higher-strength crampon withstand challenging conditions.

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Evo™ Ascent Snowshoes

All-around performance, versatility and value for off-trail hiking.

Evo Ascent snowshoes are true all-around performers for those seeking to venture off-trail into more variable backcountry terrain. Their rugged UniBody™ decks provide workhorse durability and all-condition traction, while TriFit™ bindings enhance foot security on uneven slopes. When the going gets steep, built-in Televator heel lifts reduce calf fatigue to save precious energy. The evolution of our legendary Denali snowshoes, Evo Ascent snowshoes offer the quality and reliability of our finest snowshoes in an exceptional value for more aggressive winter hikers.

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Women’s Revo™ Ascent Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Rock-solid durability, security for smaller boots and all-terrain snowshoe performance.

Our Women’s Revo Ascent snowshoes deliver the same powerful grip, security and supreme durability of our men’s model—yet do so in a lower-profile design that gives those with a narrow stride better agility through the snow. The external traction teeth of the ExoTract™ deck ensure control, especially in rugged terrain. Its plastic foundation delivers unrelenting durability along with torsional for excellent purchase. With the Women’s ultra-secure PosiLock™ AT bindings and Ergo™ Televator heel-lifts, the Women’s Revo Ascent snowshoes deliver tenacious performance for any adventure.

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Lightning™ Explore Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Ultralight performance meets all-day comfort.

Lightning Explore snowshoes represent a giant leap in snowshoeing performance, ease and comfort. It begins with the elite performance of our 360° Traction™ frames, featuring advanced, edge-to-edge grip. Next, new HyperLink™ bindings feature a redesigned fast and easy ratchet system and get a comfort boost from EVA foam cushions that cradle the foot. Finally, you get the benefit of our Ergo™ Televators for steeper slopes, and add-on Modular Flotation tails—all to provide the versatility you need to enjoy a broad range of snowshoeing experiences.

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Women’s Lightning™ Explore Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Advanced snowshoeing efficiency and comfort, engineered for a narrow gait.

Lightning Explore snowshoes represent a giant leap in snowshoeing performance, ease and comfort. It begins with the elite performance of our 360° Traction™ frames, featuring advanced, edge-to-edge grip. Next, new HyperLink™ bindings feature a redesigned fast and easy ratchet system and get a comfort boost from EVA foam cushions that cradle the foot. Finally, you get the benefit of our Ergo™ Televators for steeper slopes, and add-on Modular Flotation tails—all to provide the versatility you need to enjoy a broad range of snowshoeing experiences.

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Revo™ Explore Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Rugged durability and the exceptional comfort and ease of use that long hikes demand.

With our rugged ExoTract™ deck as their foundation, Revo Explore snowshoes deliver confidence-inspiring performance underfoot, and bring the advanced comfort our new HyperLink™ bindings, making them a top choice for winter hikers. The bindings’ new EVA foam cushions maximize comfort, while the redesigned ratchet system now makes getting in and out of them a breeze. With add-on Modular Flotation tails and the added support of Ergo Televators for steeper pitches, Revo Explore snowshoes are built for all-day adventures, both on the trail and off.

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Women’s Revo™ Explore Snowshoes

Updated for 2017: Same supreme durability with better agility for those with a narrow stride.

With our rugged ExoTract™ deck as their foundation, Women’s Revo Explore snowshoes deliver confidence-inspiring performance underfoot, and bring the advanced comfort our new HyperLink™ bindings, making them a top choice for winter hikers. The bindings’ new EVA foam cushions maximize comfort, while the redesigned ratchet system now makes getting in and out of them a breeze. With add-on Modular Floatation tails and the added support of Ergo Televators for steeper pitches, Revo Explore snowshoes are built for all-day adventures, both on the trail and off.

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Lightning™ Trail Snowshoes

Ultralight efficiency and adaptability over rolling terrain.

The Lightning Trail snowshoes are custom-built for maximum traction and efficiency over rolling terrain. They pack the performance of our light and aggressive 360° Traction™ frames and pair it with the refined simplicity of our DuoFit™ bindings for lightweight comfort and control–a perfect match for logging miles over hours or days.

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Women’s Lightning™ Trail Snowshoes

Our lightest snowshoes, engineered for a narrow gait.

The Women’s Lightning Trail snowshoes are custom-built for maximum efficiency over rolling terrain. Our lightest snowshoe, they pack the performance of our aggressive and low-profile women’s 360° Traction™ frames and pair it with the refined simplicity of our DuoFit™ bindings for lightweight comfort and control–a perfect match for logging miles over hours or days.

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Revo™ Trail Snowshoes

All-condition durability and essential security to tackle flat or rolling terrain.

Whether the trail’s conditions are crust, slush or ice, you can trust the all-condition durability and excellent grip of our new Revo Trail snowshoes to carry you along. The Revo Trail snowshoes’ ExoTract™ deck combines advanced external traction walls with plastic’s unique torsional flex for solid control. Its streamlined simplicity is lightened by our DuoFit™ bindings, which offer essential security, regardless of the trail’s character. And their rugged construction withstands frequent use, delivering many days of adventure season after season.

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Women’s Revo™ Trail Snowshoes

All-condition durability, with a slimmed-up profile for agility with a narrow stride.

Whether the trail’s conditions are crust, slush or ice, you can trust the all-condition durability and excellent grip of our new Women’s Revo Trails to carry you along. The Women’s Revo Trail snowshoes’ ExoTract™ deck combines advanced external traction walls with plastic’s unique torsional flex for solid control. Its streamlined simplicity is lightened by our DuoFit™ bindings, which offer essential security, regardless of the trail’s character. And their rugged construction withstands frequent use, delivering many days of adventure season after season.

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Evo™ Snowshoes

Legendary dependability built for the trail.

Our classic Evo snowshoes remain a favorite of snowshoers around the world, delivering MSR’s legendary dependability, built for the trail. With traction bars molded into its UniBody deck, it offers the essential grip needed for even modest slopes in less than ideal conditions. We hold it to the same standard for stability and control, and the weather-resistant, DuoFit™ binding delivers that in spades on rolling terrain, making this the hands-down best value going for trail walking and all-condition day use.

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Shift™ Youth Snowshoes

Delivering premium performance to young adventurers.

The Shift snowshoe is engineered for adventurous preteens, providing them with the same performance and features of our adult shoes for maximum fun and safety while snowshoeing. For parents who seek to share their passion for the outdoors, the Shift snowshoe offers the priceless benefit of top-level MSR performance, ensuring their kids have the full opportunity to enjoy the experience.

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Tyker™ Kid’s Snowshoes

Durable, easy-to-use snowshoes for kids.

A kid-sized version of our strong, reliable Denali™ snowshoes, these easy-to-use snowshoes are intended for children who weigh up to 90 pounds (41 kg). They feature steel crampons and kid-friendly molded traction bars for great all-around traction and added safety.

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MSR Snowshoe Accessories

Here is the list of MSR snowshoeing accessories. If you have a pair of MSR snowshoes or are looking to buy a pair, check them out.

Hyperlink™ Replacement Straps
Lightning™ Tails
Revo™ Tails
Evo™ Tails
Snowshoe Bag
MSR ® Snowshoe Maintenance Kit
SpeedLock™ Instep Strap
PosiLock™ AT/SpeedLock™ Strap Kit – 14″
PosiLock™ AT/SpeedLock™ Strap Kit – 18″
MSR® Classic Snowshoe Strap Kit – 12 in. (30 cm)
MSR® Classic Snowshoe Strap Kit – 18 in. (46 cm)
Standard Strap Keepers

MSR Snow Accessories

Also, here is outdoor gear you should consider if you are going out in the snow.

Striker™ CX 320 Prob
Striker™ 320 Probe
Striker™ 240 Probe
Responder™ Snow Science & Rescue Shovel
Operator™ Backcountry & Basecamp Shovel
Basecamp™ Snow Shelter Saw
Beta™ Snow Science Saw
Snow Fluke

MSR Other Outdoor Gear

Tents
Cookware
Wearables
Water Treatment
Global Health
Stoves

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Kissing the Bridge: JackRabbit’s Snowshoe Race Series https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/03/18/kissing-the-bridge-jackrabbits-snowshoe-race-series/ https://www.snowshoemag.com/2018/03/18/kissing-the-bridge-jackrabbits-snowshoe-race-series/#respond Sun, 18 Mar 2018 18:37:07 +0000 https://www.snowshoemag.com/?p=90953 The JackRabbit Snowshoe Race Series is so fast… the five weeks of competition are already over! There’s hardly enough time to notice, much less to enjoy, all the upgrades at the Kissing Bridge Snow Area. Plus, check out the new … Continue reading

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The JackRabbit Snowshoe Race Series is so fast… the five weeks of competition are already over! There’s hardly enough time to notice, much less to enjoy, all the upgrades at the Kissing Bridge Snow Area. Plus, check out the new Kissing Bridge logoed merchandise, particularly if it was your spouse with whom you enjoyed a smooch.

Fierce racing at the North Lodge Trails

The events toed the start line on Monday nights, a 6:30 pm launch, not on the weekends, unique in the world of snowshoe racing. The five-race schedule ranging from one-to-three miles in the “long course” category allows a heart-pounding quickie that ends early on a work night. These scrambles gallop a torrid pace. You may prefer to wear a headlight in the daylight saving’s dark.

Overall gold medal winner Tom Williams accumulated a total time of 52:36 for five races, ranging from a short 11:35 in race 4 to the longer race 5 in 15:30. Four finishes qualify one for a possible medal.

Over 100 years old, this postcard shows the Kissing Bridge in its historic glory.

Two others on the overall podium broke an hour: Brian Fraser (56:03 for 5) landing the silver place and Scott Thompson (57:47 with 5) standing with bronze. Charlie Anderson (5) and Christopher Smykal (4) rounded out the top 5 men.

Winning the overall women’s class, Danielle Podeszek raced four events for a time total of 1:03:28. Juli Hergenroder (4) nailed second in 1:18:10 while Mellisa Melnik (4) snatched third in her cumulative time of 1:21:30.

Heather McGonigle raced all five events registering an aggregate of 1:22:08. Sue Gallagher (5) with 1:24:19 rounded out the top five.

23 competitors qualified for a ranking, meaning they raced and finished four or more events. The JackRabbit Snowshoe Race Series completed sanctioning by the United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA).

A layout even a bunny would enjoy, the Short Course of a mile or so recorded Joe Silliman in 5 races finishing 27:03, Kevin Knoll (4) 41:40 and Fran Warthling 46:48 (4) for the podium. Fred Whipple (4) and Ed Russell (3) rounded the top 5.

Heather Burger won the Short overall in a list of 32:53 (5) while Siobhan Davis (5) at 41:22 took silver. Jessica Deren’s 42:24 winning the “Best Palindrome” award for her times in 4 races, earned the bronze.

A sweet 16 in both Short Course categories gathered times in four or more competitions giving them official finishes.

95 hares raced at least one of the events in the series this year. Here are the final results.

On awards night, DJ duties found the Yeti crawling in out of the chill choosing the songs. Notable titles included “Cold as Ice” by Foreigner, the Kiss tune “Cold Gin,” no doubt referring to cotton, the more modern Foo

The New Age Yeti sneaks out on a bicycle!

Fighters “Cold Day in the Sun,” while Dolly Parton waxed poetic in “Baby, it’s Cold Outside,” which it can easily be in near her childhood home in Sevierville, Tennessee. The Yeti might be too young to remember Hank Williams’ “Cold, Cold Heart” but was favoring Vanilla Ice’s “Ice, Ice, Baby” all night. 

Kissing Bridge’s Western New York history extends back to the 1970’s where current President, Richard Fanelli recalls “walking to the YMCA ski buses that picked me and my sisters up in Nativity’s parking lot on Fridays in the late 70’s, to the infamous ‘Late Nite Great Nite’s.'” Blessed with lake effect snows, he pushes summer activities with new improvements while welcoming some of the best terrains for winter sports like snowshoeing.

Most snowshoe races go left-or-right, not straight up at Kissing Bridge “Entrants do not summit the mountain but the courses are not flat”

The informative KB Times include schedules and vital information about this winter wonderland including articles you may not find elsewhere. Take Jill Gugino’s “Confessions of a Former Hockey Mom” who claims in her tongue-in-cheek story to be a reformed hockey mom, 8 years clean and fully present. Best line? “I tried in vain to keep my other two boys entertained as their brother followed his–my husband’s–dream of becoming a million dollar (NHL professional) player.”

How about the guy who makes the snow (while Mother Nature takes a break)? Read “Behind the guns: A Snowmaker’s Perspective” for such insights as “This winter while you sleep our dedicated crew will be working all night to make snow, open the hills you love, and groom them to perfection.”

Tricia Mangan offers a compelling story why it is so important to take advantage of the snow fun whether on snowshoes, skis, boards, or your kazoo. Titled “Western New York, Where it All Began,” she shares her story as a three-year-old twin with her brother in small skis with the tips “tied together, (while parents) let us go at the top of the Bunny Hill.” Now she continues “to chase my dream of World Cup and Olympic success.”

Next year’s series tentatively schedules a start Monday, January 7, through the five-week conclusion February 4. Scramble on to the North Lodge and get your race on.

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