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Winter Crosstraining: Snowshoeing


Snowshoeing is far and away our favorite way to spend a winter day. It's a fantastic crosstraining workout. You can even run in snowshoes if you're coordinated (and the snow isn't too deep).

An impulse buy I made two winters ago, our snowshoes have paid great dividends in fun.

Though we haven't been able to snowshoe in DC since Snowmageddon 2010, we found a winter paradise just a few hours drive from us. While we get an average of just 16 inches of snow per year, Canaan Valley is blessed with an average of nearly 180 inches per year!

Frost line.
It's paramount to dress properly for this sport. Saturday was sunny and quite cold with some wind. I wore two baselayers, my windstopper and a shell, glove liners and mittens. Sunday was much warmer, cloudy and still and I peeled off layers as I went. 


Don't forget to refuel after burning all those calories. You can warm up with a variety of delicious hot soups at Whitegrass Cafe. We particularly enjoyed the Chorizo, White Bean and Kale Soup and Brazilian Fish Stew.



You can do some serious climbs here. A few hours of snowshoeing netted us 1,264 ft of elevation gain.


We hustled down wide, groomed thoroughfares; we tramped through fresh powder in the woods, ducking beneath snow-laden boughs; we took in expansive views from the aptly named Bald Knob.

Whitegrass has 45 trails - over 50 km miles
When there's snow, it's a magical place indeed.

View of the Pipeline from Bald Knob
Have you ever been snowshoeing? Cross country skiing? What is your favorite way to cross train in winter?


5 comments:

  1. I have never done either cross country skiing or snowingshoeing but would so love to. Such a beautiful way to see the winter world.

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  2. I am jealous beyond words! :) I have been trying to get some cross country skiing (or snowshoeing) in this winter, but Big Bear (my area) has had a few problems like rogue homicidal cops and/or no snow. Sheesh. I'm really hoping we get some good snow soon! Looks like you had a great time!

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  3. Looks amazing out there in WV. I've also never tried snowshoeing, but now I am really tempted to give it a try. Seems like it'd be a great workout, and fairly low impact.

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  4. I've been a little obsessed with the idea of snowshoeing ever since tearing my ACL two years ago, when it was suggested as a safe, fun alternative to the skiing I couldn't do. With my elbow injury, I'm allowed to do anything except for fall on my elbow—you don't fall in snowshoeing, right? If not, I'd LOVE to join you for one of these outings!

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  5. You know you are always welcome in our area for great snow shoeing. What else is one to do with those Wasatch 100 trails in the winter? In fact, we're due for a round of 3 storms starting Weds.

    Were Susanna a bit older, we'd gladly take her out and about on the trails.

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