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Dick's Sporting Goods
(207) 828-4950
Mall Plaza
South Portland, ME
 
Bare Knee Point Kayak Rentals
(207) 283-4455
45 Camp Ellis Ave
Saco, ME
 
Eastern Mountain Sports
(207) 541-1919
87 Marginal Way
Portland, ME
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(207) 721-3074
131 Topsham Fair Mall Rd
Topsham, ME
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(207) 828-4950
Mall Plaza
South Portland, ME
 
Maine Premier Soccer and Portland Phoenix
Portland Sports Complex, 512 Warren Ave
Portland, ME
 
Sports Authority
(207) 773-7400
364 Maine Mall Road, Unit 2-200
South Portland, ME
Services
Golf Day Shop, Golf Trade-In Program, Ski-Snowboard Jr. Season Lease, Ski-Snowboard/Bike Tech Shop, Delivery & Assembly
Hours
Monday - Saturday: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 6:00pm
Holiday hours may vary.

Pole and Paddle Canoe
(207) 793-2402
705 Foss Road
Limerick, ME
 
Dick's Sporting Goods
(207) 990-5932
Bangor Mall
Bangor, ME
 
The Soccer Camp at Colby College
Colby College
Waterville, ME
 

Big Shoes, Small Footprints

Big Shoes, Small Footprints

Snowshoeing lets you burn calories
amid nature’s winter glory.

by Sascha Zuger

February 2009

Some historians trace the origins of snowshoes back 13,000 years, when our ancestors used broad, flat boards to help them cross the great land bridge from Asia to North America. The quest for easy transport while hunting and gathering through rough winters created the forerunner to one of the hottest new calorie-burning winter sports for nature lovers.

“There aren’t too many other environments likely to be as beautiful, serene and tranquil as the woods in winter under snow cover,” says Declan Connolly, PhD, program director of physical education at the University of Vermont, who adds that the sport is similar to jogging in terms of calories burned. “Snowshoes offer you the opportunity to blaze your own trail. ”

Modern snowshoes bear little resemblance to their wood-and-rawhide forbears. “One of the appeals is that there is a very small learning curve. In fact, if you can put them on, you’ve gone from beginner to advanced or intermediate snowshoer,” says Ray Browning, PhD, assistant professor at Colorado State University. “There’s really little skill involved and it opens up a lot of terrain that many people, unfortunately, think of as off-limits in the winter time. It’s a nice, easy, out-your-door activity that most people who have close proximity to snow can do.”

Trekkers can touch base with the environment and enjoy the peaceful serenity of the white-blanketed woods—concentrating on spotting wildlife instead of attending to equipment woes—thanks to innovations in the sport. Lightweight aluminum frames and woven decking (think of the neoprene-like material used in wetsuits) ease muscle strain. Gender- specific frame shapes allow for a more natural stride for men, women and children. Shock-absorbing bindings make snowshoes as simple to don as stepping onto the decking in everyday winter boots and tightening a single strap.

Exercise, Watch Wildlife
Snowshoe devotees say that an outing on groomed trails can be as easy and relaxing as a winter stroll—and kinder in terms of impact, thanks to snow’s softer, more forgiving surface.

Enthusiasts range from people looking for some exercise by walking at a comfortable pace to those who use snowshoes specially designed for running. Racing or running shoes are shorter and narrower, with tapered tails. They are lighter weight and, to keep the shoe from loosening during quick strides, have a more secure binding than regular recreational snowshoes. People who run with snowshoes “are serious about getting a significant cardiovascular exercise session,” says Browning.

Connolly says adding a set of poles to the outing will give you “a great full body workout” in which you’ll burn anywhere from 500 to 1,000 calories per hour.

The recent addition of Nordic poles to the sport has not only helped snowshoe buffs burn more calories but has made ...

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