Live 4 Snow – Get Your Snowshoes On!

Photo: Rob Weiss

Early weather reports promise Vancouverites an above average and perhaps an epic snow year. Furthermore, Accuweather predicts the potential for a couple of Arctic intrusions, “which may set the stage for a few snow events near the coast.” While many will cringe at the thought of a “snow event,” those of us who adore winter, glance up at the North Shore Mountains with joy in our hearts. Yes, if you live for snow, this may be your year to try snowshoeing, and the trails will be opening soon!

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Live 4 Snow – Get Your Snowshoes On!

Get your “snowshoe on” this winter

Photo: Grouse Mountain

Photo: Grouse Mountain

by Lesley Mirza
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Snowshoeing is a fun winter activity, and it doesn’t matter if you’re an experienced snowshoer or a first-timer; anyone can do it!

Our mountains are currently a winter wonderland and offer a wide variety of terrain for outdoor lovers wishing to breathe in the fresh mountain air and work off December’s over-consumption of food.

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and acquaint yourself with the amazing sensation of crunching your way through the sparkly snow while witnessing some impressive scenery. Here are four fabulous snow-covered destinations that you need to check out.

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Get your “snowshoe on” this winter

Mountain Alternatives to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding in Vancouver

Photo credit: Justin Liew | Flickr

Vancouver is known for its close proximity to the mountains, and it’s no secret that Vancouverites love skiing and snowboarding. Though it rarely snows in the city, we have some of the best ski and snowboard facilities on our local mountains, Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain, and Mount Seymour. But what if downhill skiing or snowboarding isn’t your cup of tea? Or what if you’d rather try something different? Luckily, the local mountains offer a lot more than just downhill skiing and snowboarding. So if you’d like to try your hand at something different, here are some mountain alternatives to skiing and snowboarding.

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Mountain Alternatives to Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding in Vancouver

Get fit for the New Year with 3 local snowshoeing trips

Feeling post-Christmas cabin fever? Cure it with a vigorous snowshoeing excursion. Snowshoeing, the fastest growing outdoor winter sport in North America, is available at Vancouver’s urban slopes: Grouse Mountain, Cypress Mountain and Mount Seymour.

I have no idea how many Christmas treats I’ve consumed in the past week, but I do know that snowshoeing burns 1,000 calories an hour—much more than jogging or hiking. So take advantage of the gorgeous piste and get fit for 2012.

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Get fit for the New Year with 3 local snowshoeing trips