I’m excited to welcome back Vado of Vado Porro to 3Up Adventures. She guest posted here while we were in Utah celebrating our wedding but she’s back with a great post about trying snowshoeing in Colorado.
When we planned our winter trip to Colorado, I promised my husband that we would finally, FINALLY!, go snowshoeing. Every season, we make up a to-do list and snowshoeing has been on for the last three years running, and we have never made it.
So when we booked a vacation trip to Keystone, I immediately made sure that snowshoeing was on the menu. It was, and it was very reasonably priced. The great thing about Keystone is that skiing is so outrageously expensive that everything else seems very reasonable. (It’s absolutely worth it to pay for the extremely expensive lift ticket, the skiing was phenomenal.)
On Monday morning, we drove over to the Nordic Center to get our snowshoes and head out. The first thing I became concerned about was that maybe I had dressed too warm. As soon as we got outside in our snowshoes, I knew I had. I’m not exactly sure the temperature, but I had on snowpants, fleece lined tights, a fuzzy undershirt, a fleece, and a parka, plus gloves and a hat. I overheat extremely quickly as soon as I break a sweat, so I wish I had just worn thin long johns, snowpants, an undershirt and the parka. You move the entire time you are snowshoeing, so it isn’t like skiing where you dress a bit warmer for the lift and don’t overheat. I also recommend sunglasses because it’s really bright if the snow is reflecting on the mountains.
Once we got to the place, we were offered two options for footwear – wear our own boots, or rent nordic shoes. We opted to rent, because my hiking boots are not super waterproofed. I was very glad we made that decision because the snowshoe boots were much more flexible and lighter weight. They offered us poles and we opted to take them – definitely take the poles! They showed us how to attach the snowshoes to our feet, we loaded my cousin up with his daughter in the carrier, and then we were on the road.
I thought, for some reason, that snowshoeing would be like running or skiing, or really like skating, with sliding on the snow. It’s not. It’s just hiking in the snow and you don’t fall down or through the snow. It was beautiful and a lot of fun to walk out over three or four feet of fresh powder and not sink all the way down. We went up a really steep hill, had some trouble with the course, but overall it was a fun enough experience that we decided we would happily repeat it for a longer excursion, perhaps with a picnic lunch and a LOT more water. (Bring a Camelbak. I really regretted not having mine.)