Snowshoeing continues to gain popularity, very likely because it's inexpensive and easy to learn compared to many other snow activities. It's also an excellent way to burn calories.

If you're a novice, here's how to get the most fun from your first outings:

  • Walk with a normal, heel-to-toe stride. Avoid the impulse to stand with your feet far apart.
  • Try to keep your feet and ankles relaxed.
  • Make your first excursions on level ground with packed snow; hills and bumpy terrain may tire you.

Veteran runners and hikers are finding that snowshoeing can help keep them in shape; they can increase the physical challenge by (yes) actually running in the snow, shoeing in deep powder, and going up hills.