The snow flurries in the air this chilly weekend after Thanksgiving 2012 turn our minds to one of our favorite winter activities at the Inn at Wawanissee Point, snowshoeing. People of any skill and age can enjoy walking on snow as humans have since around 4,000 B.C.
Why we love snowshoeing:
- No skills required. If you can walk, you can snowshoe. You’ll quickly adapt to a slightly wider stance and learn how to lift and overlap the inner part of the shoes so you don’t walk bowlegged.
- Minimal equipment needed. Dress in layers and wear warm boots. We provide Redfeather snowshoes (made in Wisconsin) for our guests, Devil’s Lake State Park loans them for use in the park, and you can rent them at Wildside Adventure Sports in Baraboo, Wis. You can use trekking poles if you wish, but they are not necessary. Poles offer more stability on challenging terrain and can ease the strain on your knees.
- You set the pace from a casual walk to a vigorous hike that creates an ideal cardiovascular workout and tones your leg muscles. Some people like to run and even race.
- Explore natural areas that are more difficult to access in other seasons and safely venture off the trail knowing your footprint, while visible, leaves little impact on the environment.
- Nothing matches the peaceful sensation that envelops you as you meander the quiet of snow-covered landscape. It’s breathtaking.
We aren’t alone in our love of snow walking. Snowshoe Magazine reports snowshoeing participation has risen 40 percent since 2008. And recent research by the Outdoor Industry Association and the SnowSports Industries of America indicates snowshoeing may surpass cross-country skiing as the third most popular winter sport in the United States.
Snowshoeing Around The Inn
Spend several hours roaming our three miles of wooded and prairie trails, or as long as you want exploring between the trails on our 42 acres.
The Baraboo Hills section of the Ice Age Scenic Trail offers days of opportunities out our back door. See the local map at the Ice Age Trail Alliance here. The Trail runs northwest through Parfrey’s Glen State Natural Area, which abuts the southern border of the Inn’s property, to highway 113, then loops through Devil’s Lake State Park. It continues southeast into the Riverland Conservancy’s Merrimac Preserve. You can snowshoe short or long sections with many access points within 10 minutes of the Inn that connect you to secluded and beautiful jaunts.
Devil’s Lake and Mirror Lake State Parks, plus numerous nearby state natural areas offer a plethora of snowshoeing adventures around Wawanissee Point.
Your Secluded Snowshoe Resort
Consider the Inn your mini snowshoe resort for a romantic getaway in winter solitude. Better than a ski resort, here you have acres of picturesque scenery to yourself. Rejuvenate after a day in the crisp air during wine and cheese hour, beside the fireplace in the Great Room, in the Shiatsu massage chair, with a sauna or private massage in your guest room.
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