Learn How to Snowshoe in Vermont

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    The Right Gear

    Redfeather Snowshoes - Right Gear for Snowshoeing in Vermont at Mount Snow
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont My Vermont snowshoeing adventure began at Mount Snow's Grand Summit Hotel, where I was outfitted with lightweight Redfeather snowshoes. I'd read in advance to wear hiking boots, and I found it easy to tighten the snowshoe straps around my Timberlands. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    Guided Tours at Mount Snow Make it Easy to Give Snowshoeing a Go

    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...MORE 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.

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    A Perfect Alternative

    Snowshoeing at Mount Snow in Vermont
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont Snowshoeing is a perfect winter sport alternative for those like me who do not ski. I'll admit, however, that when I saw we were going to snowshoe up the Mount Snow slope these downhillers were descending, I thought they'd made the better choice!. © 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 10

    Have Faith

    Snowshoe Tour in Vermont at Mount Snow - Snowshoeing Trail Photo
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont Our snowshoe tour guide, Chris Kennedy, must have read my mind because as we set out uphill, she pronounced: "Have faith in the shoe." She was right. I felt secure throughout our ascent. I was definitely winded, though, when we reached this wooded trail. © 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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    Making Tracks

    Animal Tracks in the Snow - Snowshoeing in Vermont Photo
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont We weren't the only ones making tracks in the Vermont snow. Mount Snow is situated within the boundaries of the Green Mountain National Forest, and its miles of snowshoe trails offer winter trekkers wildlife viewing opportunities. © 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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    Lagging Behind

    Photo of Snowshoers - Snowshoeing in Vermont
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont I lagged behind tour guide Chris Kennedy and fellow writer Aaron Frost for most of our snowshoe outing. My official explanation: I was pursuing good photo angles! Snowshoeing is as easy as walking, but Vermont's hilly terrain adds a challenge. © 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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    Poles Are Optional

    Snowshoeing Close-Up Photo - Snowshoes and Snowshoe Poles
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont Our guide, Chris Kennedy, suggested that snowshoe poles might help us with balance, but I passed, since I was already toting my camera and camera bag. STONE Magazine's Aaron Frost used poles more for an added workout than for balance, he said. © 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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    Experienced? Go On Your Own

    Mount Snow Snowshoeing Trails and Snowshoe Rentals
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont Experienced snowshoer? You need not take a guided tour. Mount Snow's snowshoeing trails are marked, and you can obtain a map when you buy a trail pass at Mount Snow Sports at the Grand Summit Hotel. Snowshoe rentals are available, or bring your own. © 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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    Crunch, Crunch

    Snowshoes Crunch in the Vermont Woods - Photo
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont Since it was my first time on snowshoes, I had no idea what a racket they make! All of that crunching made it tough at times to hear our guide's commentary, but it reassured me that there was no chance of losing my snowshoeing companions in the woods. © 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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    Sculpted Terrain

    Carinthia Snowboard Park at Mount Snow Photo
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont We hiked farther on snowshoes than I'd anticipated during our hour-long tour. The loop we followed took us to Carinthia--Mount Snow's snowboard park--where they were preparing the terrain for the weekend's upcoming Dew Tour stop. © 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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    All Warmed Up

    Vermont Snowshoeing Tour at Mount Snow in West Dover Vermont
    Learn How to Snowshoe at Mount Snow in Vermont It was only about 20 degrees out, but by the end of my snowshoeing tour at Vermont's Mount Snow, I wasn't the slightest bit cold. Snowshoeing is one heck of a workout. I peeled off layers and drank about a gallon of water back at the Main Base Lodge. © 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.