We have something for everyone, so if you like to be outside but skiing or snowboarding is not your thing, then let's go strap on a pair of snowshoes and head outside. Snowshoeing is great exercise. Whether you're going out for a short day hike or a full-fledged backpacking trip, you'll find this traditional mode of travel easy to learn-and effective at getting you where you want to go.
We use instructional progressions for those individuals who have the strength to independently support themselves, to balance, and to coordinate movements while standing upright. Generally these individuals ambulate (walk) independently with or without the use of assistive aides (forearm crutches, walker, etc.). These individuals may or may not also use other assistive aides such as orthotics or braces to help them walk. Generally, use of one or two handheld poles will be introduced to assist with achieving desired snowshoeing skills. Persons who snowshoe may also use (a) one or two handheld outriggers (forearm crutches with skis attached at the base of the crutch) or (b) a modified walker with skis attached, thus providing four points of contact with the snow. This equipment assists with static and dynamic balance as well as helping to achieve desired dynamic snowshoeing movements.
Some tips to get you started:
Snowshoes come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The most important consideration: How much "float" do you need? Float refers to how effective the snowshoe is at keeping you on top of the snow-in other words, float is what keeps you from sinking and post holing. The heavier you are, the more float you'll need. If you're planning a backpacking trip, the weight of a winter pack will almost undoubtedly put you into the high-float category. The kind of snow matters, too. On powdery fluffy dry snow, you need more float than in wetter, gloppier stuff.
Don't expect to find the old webbing and wood snowshoes of yesteryear. Today's models have gone high-tech, with components made of plastic, rubber, and aluminum.
Shoes. Used to be there were only two choices: Shoe-paks (like those felt-lined Maine-style hunting boots) and backpacking boots. But wouldn't you know it, snowshoeing has undergone a recent renaissance, and the manufacturers have followed suit. So now, snowshoers, too, can sprinkle their conversation with words like polypropylene, Gore-Tex, and Thinsulate. And before you go sniffing that, "The Indians used snowshoes for centuries before Gore-Tex," consider the advantages of having support, insulation, and waterproofing all in the same boot. Plus, they can be used without snowshoes for regular winter walking.
If you have a wheelchair and want to go snowshoeing, we will rig up a sled so you can go with everyone else.