Mule Shoe Trail, N. Fork Park
Snowshoeing is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors while you get great exercise. If you are a beginner try to stick with trails that are already tracked out. Know your limits. Any trails near Snowbasin get tracked regularly so unless you're the first one out after a storm, there won't be as much difficulty as if you were to try North Fork Park trails. If you go downhill first don't forget you have to be able to climb back out. All of the trail maps are under the "Trails" icon. Just scroll through them and pick the one that you think is right for you.
What to Wear
Mule Ear Trail, N. Fork
One of the biggest mistakes people make when venturing out to exercise in the winter is over dressing. Remember, when you get going you will get hot and sweaty. A sweaty body is a cold body when you cool down. We recommend using just a light water-proof shoe or boot (no big heavy snow boots) and one pair of warm socks. Most of the work is done by the hip flexors. They are relatively small muscles so the lighter weight your shoes and snowshoes, the longer and further you will be capable of hiking. If you choose to wear a low-top shoe and tights, lower leg protection is important. Gators wrap around the shoe and protect from snow up to the knee. They are light and water-proof. Snowshoeing can be extremely vigorous, so for mobility use winter-weight tights (chillys) for warmth and since snow flips up as you hike, a thin (non-cotton) outer layer will keep you dry. It is all about layering. Next choose a light base layer, a light fleece or jacket, followed by a light shell. Chose a pair of light gloves and bring a pair to put over them just in case but you probably will not use them. As you heat up you can remove layers and as you cool down you can add them back. Don't forget good sunglasses and a hat. If you plan on taking a long hike (more than a couple of miles) remember to bring water and some source of food (energy). Have fun!
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