Snowshoeing can be good low-impact way to exercise, says DEC
Snowshoeing can be a great, low-impact way to exercise this winter that only requires a few basic techniques, says the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
To get started, you need snowshoes - that are specified for your weight, the terrain or land that you will be headed out on, and the conditions - warm, waterproof boots, layers of clothing that can handle the temperatures, and adjustable poles (optional, but can be helpful). Many education centers and outdoor retailers have snowshoes available for rent. Check for COVID-19 restrictions, said DEC.Snowshoeing is intuitive when getting started, but you will need to adjust to a wider stride as you walk on flat land. Fine-tune the length of your trip as you become more comfortable.
Don’t forget to review the Hiker Responsibility Code and prepare the 10 hiking essentials for every trip, on the DEC website. Watch a Facebook Live with DEC Forest Rangers discussing Winter HikeSmartNY tips.
Always follow trail etiquette when sharing the trail with other winter outdoor enthusiasts. Avoid ski tracks, and give skiers the right of way.
New York has thousands of miles of trails to explore this winter. All trails on DEC lands are open to cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. If there is not enough snow, find a great winter hike near you. Winter is a special time to get outside and an opportunity to see things (PDF) that may otherwise not be seen, including dens and nests. Animal tracks are plentiful, and it is a great time to observe birds and other wildlife.