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: www.fs.usda.gov/detailfull/mbs/home/?cid=stelprdb5403349
Washington Trails Association
10 Great Snowshoe Hikes
49 Degrees North Nordic Center
18km separate snowshoe trails; 25km groomed Nordic, dog 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
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.
60km groomed Nordic; 4km lighted trails
Sovereign Lake Nordic Club – 14km signed snowshoe trails; 50km groomed/ungroomed Nordic
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: www.xcski.org
Craig Romano, Winter Hikes Deck: www.craigromano.com/blog/winter-hikes-of-western-washington-deck
Ski Industries Association: www.snowlink.com/snow-sports/snowshoe
Snowshoe Online Magazine: www.snowshoemag.com
K2 Snowshoe Site: www.snowshoes.com
Green Trails Maps: www.greentrailsmaps.com
Mountaineers Books: www.mountaineersbooks.org/Snowshoeing-P323.aspx
OutdoorsNW magazine: www.OutdoorsNW.com
Carolyn Price is publisher of the SNOW Guide and sister publication OutdoorsNW and an avid snowshoer.