ONALASKA, Wis. - It can be a tough time of year for any of us to get around, especially outside! But if you have the right gear on your feet it can open up a whole new outdoor experience for you.
The ice and snow can make a lot of us feel like the outdoors is the last place we'd like to be... but for others it's an opportunity to step into a whole new adventure.
According to Kathy Frise of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, "January and February are our highest snowfall months and we might as well just take advantage of it". Some first time snow shoers found it was a perfect way to get rid of their cabin fever. "It's just something we can enjoy together instead of sitting in the house during the winter and enjoy some time together.
And Frise pointed out how different this marshland in Onalaska is this time of year, "Today we're at La Crosse River Conservancy and in the winter time there is so much more to... you get a different view of the landscape in the winter time and with snowshoes you can march all over the place".
And there is a technique to that marching... your feet stay side by side.
But once you get used to that, "You can go to the state trails, La Crosse River Trail, La Crosse River Conservancy, any of our blufflands, Miller Bluff, Mathy, and even on Lake Onalaska you can get out on", says Frise.
One mom said, "I think just being outside is great and its beautiful out today, it's been so cold".
"It allows you to go places that you normally wouldn't be able to, especially in the deep snowpack. It keeps you on top of the snow so you can go all over the place", says Frise.
This Snowshoe hike kicked-off the 2017 "Linked to the Land" series of experiences sponsored by Mayo Clinic and the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.
To check on upcoming outdoor activities you can always go to www.mississippivalleyconservancy.org
You can burn 650 to 700 calories an hour snowshoeing.
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