Surviving a Wisconsin winter for us means finding ways to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible. As the days get shorter and sunshine becomes sparse, it's important to soak up as much vitamin D as we possibly can.
This winter has been a weird winter, even by Wisconsin standards. With very little snowfall so far this year, there haven’t been many opportunities to get outside and enjoy some of our favorite winter activities like snowshoeing.
As we watched the first major “storm” of the season drop a few inches here in Central Wisconsin this week, we started to get excited about getting outdoors...until we looked at the forecast and saw ridiculously low temperatures for the weekend.
So, even though we can’t get out and enjoy the snow quite yet this year, we wanted to share some tips on selecting snowshoes, which ones we recommend, and then suggest some places to go!
- Get help from a local sporting goods store! This is good advice any time you’re looking for outdoor gear. The people that work at these places know their stuff and can offer advice and recommendations that fit your needs.Plus, buying local is always a good idea...and they can show you how to put the correct snowshoe on the correct foot! (See our mistake above?)
- Quality = Enjoyment! We invested in Northern Lites Snowshoes, made right here in Wisconsin. These snowshoes are lightweight, durable, and come in five different sizes.The goal of any snowshoe is to help you travel efficiently over snow, and a good pair of snowshoes makes all the difference in how well you’re going to be able to do this.It’s worth it to pay a little extra for a good pair, rather than suffer with a heavy pair. You’ll enjoy the activity more, and feel more energized to keep doing it!
- Start slow - We made the mistake of going for an extra long snowshoe adventure on our first time out. By the end, our feet were sore, we were freezing, and we were almost regretting our new purchase.Luckily, we treated it as a learning experience. The next time we went out, we dressed appropriately, took an easier trail, and took it slower. It was a lot of fun, and we’ve enjoyed it ever since!
- Dress for Success! This means layers, merino wool, and a good pair of winter boots.
Wisconsin is a beautiful state any time of the year - and winter often boasts some unique scenery. Snowshoes are a great way to get out and see Wisconsin nature at its finest.
Where to snowshoe in Wisconsin:
- State parks - Wisconsin is home to some incredible state parks and winter is a great time to explore them. Peninsula State Park, Rib Mountain State Park, and Roche-a-Cri State Park have some great trails.
- Bayfield - way up north on the banks of Lake Superior, there are some beautiful snowshoe trails to explore.
- Ask someone at your local sporting goods store! These guys are tapped into the best local spots to go for an adventure.