Snowshoeing Wisconsin

Snowshoeing is a growing sport in Wisconsin. It is one of the most family friendly activities. It's fairly simple and doesn't require a resort with special equipment. It’s an easy way to explore spaces and places touched by Old Man Winter’s snowy wand. Unless specifically marked and groomed for another use, most snowshoe trails are open and ready for snowshoers.

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Here are a few tips to get you started snowshoeing with your family:

Dress in layers. Snowshoeing can be an aerobic activity. While walking along it is quite easy to work up a sweat. When you stop at a look-out point or to check out nature, you will cool down. Dressing in layers helps to keep one comfortable. Wool and synthetic fibers are a good choice for base layers that will keep you warm while still allowing moisture to wick away.

Eye protection is also important since the sun reflecting off of the snow. Wear protective sunglasses with a high uv rating.

Snowshoeing can be done in almost any type of shoes from sneakers to boots. Once again, layer by wearing wool or synthetic socks..

Typically just plan on wearing whatever you would to play in the snow (hat gloves, coat, pants, boots), Just add snowshoes and you’re set. Poles make snowshoeing easier and help with balance.

Pack lots of water. It is just as easy to get dehydrated during the winter as it is in the summer. Make sure to pack lots of energy filled snacks.

If you have a baby or small child with you, consider pulling them in a sled or carrying them in a backpack. Be extra careful to keep them warm. Check their warmth every few minutes, paying extra attention to cold hands, feet, and faces.

Basically anyone who can walk can snowshoe. It is slower and takes more work than just walking down the sidewalk. It does take a little while to get used to. Practice in your backyard or park before you hit the trail.  
Parts of a Snowshoe
Courtesy REI

Choosing the correct snowshoe for your outing can easily make all the difference in your experience.  Snowshoes are typically rated for their activity, so choose an appropriate model. A tear-drop type of shape make walking much easier and more natural.

Children’s snowshoes are generally found in two types – plastic and metal. Most of the plastic snowshoes are fun and colorful, but the bindings are weak, the teeth on the bottom of the snowshoes are small, and the shape can make them awkward to walk in. Most metal shoes that you find will be a child-sized version of an adult snowshoe, offering better bindings, and metal crampons