Snowshoeing

Re-Discover Snowshoeing

Snow­shoe­ing con­jures up images of fur traders trudg­ing through deep snow on plat­forms of wood and sinew. But like many oth­er out­door win­ter sports, snow­shoe­ing has under­gone some­what of an equip­ment rev­o­lu­tion in recent years. Snow­shoes now are con­struct­ed of alu­minum and syn­thet­ic mate­ri­als and range in price from just under $100 to well over $500.

Edith Cavell, 2006
The Japan­ese con­nec­tion on snow­shoes.

Access Pristine Wilderness

If con­di­tions are right, snow­shoe­ing offers a chance to see ter­rain that even cross-coun­try skiers have trou­ble access­ing. Marshy or glade areas, like those found on the Pyra­mid Bench, are the best place to snow­shoe. The Fair­mont Jasper Park Lodge golf course pro­vides a lev­el area for begin­ners.

Jaqui and Edwin snow shoe
On the ridge of Pyra­mid Moun­tain

The Maligne Lake area offers more snow and good snow­shoe­ing con­di­tions too. Snow­shoe­ing on the lake itself though is not a good idea as ice thick­ness can vary wide­ly from place to place.

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Put on your snow shoes and explore!

Be Prepared to Workout

And be warned — snow­shoe­ing can be hard work and hills are espe­cial­ly dif­fi­cult. Tromp­ing through the snow pro­vides a great aer­o­bic work-out but can also be tough on the legs. Great for the fam­i­ly out­ings. Snow­shoes are sold and rent­ed at most ski shops.

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