Snowshoeing in spring is a wonderful thing and if you're new to the idea then welcome to the best time to get outside and enjoy yourself in the snow. Not that there's anything wrong with February but when the sun is out and you're in one of nature's most amazing environments, you're in the bonus category of outdoor recreation.
A number of articles and studies have been written about the physical, mental and stress-reducing benefits of an outdoor activity. You probably don't need a doctor, or monk, to tell you that, but it's always good to be reminded you're doing the best thing you can do for yourself, and others around you. And snowshoeing has some very unique benefits that not all other outdoor activities can claim. It's quiet, it's peaceful, physically rewarding, aerobically beneficial, and a great way to get your D and K vitamins.
Spring Snowshoe Tip No.1
Even though the weather is warm, particularly while the sun is out, as soon as that big yellow orb ducks behind the clouds, you'd better have your winter clothing to put on. You can always take clothing off if you're too hot, but if you don't have it to take off, the air temperature is cold and within a very short period of time you could find yourself in a potentially dangerous situation. Add to that that spring conditions can change very quickly, especially if you're at altitude where for each 1000' in elevation gain you will lose 2 to 4 degrees of temperature just from the air alone. Blend in the other elements of snow or rain and wind and you can imagine how quickly you might develop
hypothermia. Put simply, just be prepared and respect the fact that mother nature can be unpredictable. She can also provide the best place to find your bliss so get out there and open your mind.