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With two days' snow in the valley, Steph and I were gunning for a hike in the gorgeous white stuff. The best snowshoeing is when the snow is still stuck to the trees, making it all the more stunning.
Just two days ago the dirt at Snowbasin was primo. I have never had such an amazing descent down Porcupine and Overlook. In fact, my husband and I were unsure if we were going fast down Overlook at all because of how quiet it was. No crunchy leaves or loose surface, just grip. So we flew down knowing not anther soul was out on the trail, which is unheard of.
As Stephanie and I started our hike, the photographer for Faceshots at Snowbasin caught us for a photo opp. We began up the Maples road then down the maples singletrack and made a little loop going via the horse section, then back up on the main trail where we had first tracks.
One of the dilemmas with winter cardio is what to wear. Conveniently, a lot of my cycling clothes transfer over. The snow flips up as you walk, so the pants should allow the snow to slide off. You'll also work up a lot of body heat, so avoid anything with cotton. Thin layers are easy to shed and add, so take as many as the weather dictates. I like my arm warmers, head band, wool socks, bike tights or pants. In order to cover a lot of ground, I avoid heavy boots. Waterproof hiking shoes and gators are lighter weight. Ski jackets/pants and gloves are usually too heavy and warm. I love my wool half-finger glove with a mitten flap, or other thin gloves that I can pocket. Should it snow during the hike, a hooded shell and a beenie is a must. Maybe you're looking for a new set of snowshoes this season. I recommend going for a high quality set keeping weight in mind. You'll probably keep them forever, so go ahead and invest. Have fun out there and check out the trail page on this site for ideas of where to hike.
Stephanie and Debbie, stay-at-home moms who don't stay home.