Winter Activities

How to introduce your kids to winter sports

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Winter is here and we’re already hearing the buzz for the Winter Olympic games next February. You might be asking yourself how to get your kids involved in the exciting world of winter sports. Unlike warm-weather sports that children are exposed to regularly in gym class, summer camp, or outdoor games, winter sports can feel more difficult to learn. 

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Hypothermia in Spring?

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It is now spring and with the warmer weather, hypothermia is the last issue on most people's minds. However, hypothermia is a life-threatening condition and is still prevalent in the spring when people go out unprepared. So how do you prevent and treat it?

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Skiing Calorie Counter

Skiing Calorie Counter

When you go skiing, have you wondered how many calories you have burned on a given day? Well, the folks at REI have created a Skiing Calorie Counter. Although it might now be 100% accurate it is fun to check out what you could burn and what you might be able to eat because of it. And after you have played around with it, get out and enjoy yourself on the sloops.

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Snowshoe Basics - Free Rotation or Natural Hinge?

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So you’re thinking about buying some snowshoes and you don’t know what to look for……..let’s talk!

Jake Thamm, President and Co-founder of Crescent Moon Snowshoes talks about what to consider when buying a pair of shoes. He goes on saying, "Crescent Moon's main focus is the binding – we believe this is the most important part of any snowshoe, regardless of all other considerations, but we’ve already made the case,  so we won’t go there for this discussion."

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Cross-Country Skiing: Selecting Equipment

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With the abundance of options available, choosing the right skiing equipment can be overwhelming. Sorting through the myriad of skis, boots, bindings, and poles is a challenge for beginners and experienced skiers alike. Steve Hindman, author of Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills for Fun and Fitness, offers some tips for finding the equipment that matches your interests and skill level.

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Winter Wilderness Travel: Minimizing Impact on the Environment

Even when the landscape is covered in snow, there are a few easy principles you can follow to minimize your impact on the environment.

Snow Camping
Even though the nights are cold and long, try to resist the urge to have a campfire. During winter, when all downed wood is buried under the snow and the only available fuel is tree branches, fires are a bad idea. As a “warm glow” alternative, bring plenty of fuel for your stove and try candle lanterns.
Upon leaving camp, dismantle your snow shelter and fluff up the white stuff so that visitors coming after you can enjoy a natural setting.

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