Learn How to Snowshoe in Vermont

Redfeather Snowshoes - Right Gear for Snowshoeing in Vermont at Mount Snow

Kim Knox Beckius

Want to know how to work up a sweat when it's 20 degrees outdoors in Vermont? Go snowshoeing.

I had the chance to try snowshoeing for the first time during my February 2010 visit to Mount Snow in West Dover, Vermont. During my guided tour, I quickly learned that this winter sport is easier--and more strenuous--than I'd imagined. The snowshoes' sturdy cleats ensured I never felt off-balance, even though I was toting my SLR and camera case. But by the time our trek in the woods was over, I couldn't wait to peel off layers and drink about a gallon of water. Snowshoeing is a workout! According to Self's​ calorie calculator, snowshoeing burns more than twice as many calories as moderate walking.

The spa at Mount Snow's Grand Summit offers group and private snowshoe treks for both hotel guests and day visitors to the ski area: There's even a snowshoe and massage package. Call 802-464-6606 for prices and reservations. Or, snowshoe on your own by purchasing a trail pass at Mount Snow Sports.

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

01 of 09

A Perfect Alternative

Snowshoeing at Mount Snow in Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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02 of 09

Have Faith

Snowshoe Tour in Vermont at Mount Snow - Snowshoeing Trail Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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03 of 09

Making Tracks

Animal Tracks in the Snow - Snowshoeing in Vermont Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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04 of 09

Lagging Behind

Photo of Snowshoers - Snowshoeing in Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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05 of 09

Poles Are Optional

Snowshoeing Close-Up Photo - Snowshoes and Snowshoe Poles
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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06 of 09

Experienced? Go On Your Own

Mount Snow Snowshoeing Trails and Snowshoe Rentals
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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07 of 09

Crunch, Crunch

Snowshoes Crunch in the Vermont Woods - Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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08 of 09

Sculpted Terrain

Carinthia Snowboard Park at Mount Snow Photo
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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09 of 09

All Warmed Up

Vermont Snowshoeing Tour at Mount Snow in West Dover Vermont
© 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

Snowshoeing is an ideal way to experience Vermont's winter splendor... and to work up a sweat while you're at it! Come along on my first snowshoeing adventure.

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