Snowshoeing: Stomp Your Way Through Snowy Trails

December 28, 2015

Love to Snowshoe? So do we! Here are some great places to stomp in the snow in the Northwest

By Carolyn Price

Photo at right: Snowshoers stomp down a snowy hillside near Sun Peaks Resort, B.C. Photo by Kelly Funk


Snowshoeing is not only a great workout, but it’s easy to learn, inexpensive and you always have time to enjoy the spectacular scenery as you stomp along the snowy trails.

Northwest snow resorts, Nordic centers and mountain shops offer snowshoe rentals and sales, interpretive tours, trail maps and friendly tips from their staff. And if you find you love the sport as much as I do — owning a decent pair of snowshoes will set you back less than $150.

We especially like the fact that you can exert hundreds of calories an hour when snowshoeing (see sidebar Calorie Chart): all the better for enjoying some fine dark chocolate and red wine by the fireplace après snowshoe!

With plentiful backcountry in our mountain ranges and forests, well-marked snowshoe trails at several snow resorts, and guides waiting to show you the way, what are you waiting for?
Layer up — and happy trails!


Guided Snowshoe Tours
Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest:

Washington Trails Association

10 Great Snowshoe Hikes

49 Degrees North Nordic Center
18km separate snowshoe trails; 25km groomed Nordic, dog trails

Methow Trails
35km of separate snowshoe trails; 200km groomed Nordic; 40km dog trails

Leavenworth Winter Sports Club
13km separate snowshoe trails; 26km groomed Nordic (includes 7km lighted); 3km dog trails

Mount St. Helens Institute
Guided snowshoe trips beginning January 24th and continuing each week through mid-March.


Mt. Bachelor XC Center
10km shared snowshoe trails; 56km groomed Nordic


Brundage Mountain Resort
1-mile snowshoe route; rentals

Galena Lodge
(Sun Valley)
25km signed snowshoe trails plus tours; 50km groomed Nordic


Plenty of trails around Whitefish Mountain
Resort, Whitefish Trail, Whitefish Lake, Round Meadows and especially Glacier National Park.

British Columbia

Silver Star
60km groomed Nordic; 4km lighted trails
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club – 14km signed snowshoe trails; 50km groomed/ungroomed Nordic

Sun Peaks
15km of separate snowshoe trails — plus guided tours/packages; 34km groomed and track set trails;

Whistler Lost Lake Cross Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails
12km separate snowshoe trails; 32km groomed; 6km dog trails

More B.C. Snowshoeing

More Snowshoe Resources

Cross-Country Ski Areas Association:
Craig Romano, Winter Hikes Deck:
Ski Industries Association:
Snowshoe Online Magazine:
K2 Snowshoe Site:
Green Trails Maps:
Mountaineers Books:
OutdoorsNW magazine:

Carolyn Price is publisher of the SNOW Guide and sister publication OutdoorsNW and an avid snowshoer.

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