Prepare for Wonder in Our Backcountry
Winter snowshoeing around Whitewater, Nelson & Kaslo is the perfect way to remind yourself how beautiful life really is. Take a winter hike in our backyard.
We understand that it might be difficult to imagine just how breathtaking our backcountry really is. However, recently our backcountry was written about in the New York Times and Utah Outdoors, and they both had similar hyperbolic things to say.
I know. If “such-and-such” is “awesome” what will we do when some truly awe-inspiring happens? Well, that day has potentially arrived. Our backcountry really is that beautiful, that wonderful, that jaw-droppingly awe-inspiring.
Snowshoeing — A Beautiful Way to Exercise
Snowshoeing around our area is a way to slow down a bit from the pace set at other winter sports: skating, skiing, cross country skiing and the like. Snowshoeing, you notice what’s around you, as you make your way through the wooded trails near Kootenay Lake. Trails abound, and are well documented on trailpeak.com. Many of our summer hiking trails work well for snowshoeing, so if you have a favourite summer hike, check in to see if it’s also a good fit for snowshoeing, too.
Whitewater Ski Resort has great snowshoe trails, rated as “moderate” on Trail Peak. The trails intersect with their nordic trails, through beautiful woods with old growth trees. You’ll see lots of animal tracks and notice some truly awe inspiring features along the trails. They’re a bit hilly, but worth it.
There’s incredible backcountry near Whitewater, too. You’ll see cars parked to the side of the road between the Glory Ridge chairlift and the main entrance to Whitewater. You’ll need basic backcountry awareness and equipment, but this area is eminently accessible and opens the door to some gorgeous country.
Kaslo, with all its hiking in the summer, is an obvious spot for snowshoeing in the winter. An easy trail is the Kaslo River Trail. It takes about an hour, and is a great nature walk sort of outing on snowshoes that reminds you to stop and look around you once in awhile, to notice just how good things can be.
First Time? What You Need to Know
Snowshoeing for the first time, there are a few things you should know before you go. Snowshoeing Magazine has a super comprehensive guide to first time snowshoeing. Many of the links are to places in the United States, but the information is solid.
Basically, being aware of your surroundings, always going with at least one other person, and remembering that you will be in winter conditions are the most important things to remember. Weather can change quickly, and you need to be prepared for that. You also need to remember that if a trail is one hour in, it’ll be one hour out, too. You don’t want to get caught.