Saturday, February 9, 2008

10 Reasons I Like Snowshoeing Better than Skiing

Chris wanted to go skiing again today. I took a pass and decided to get my snowshoes out since I'm still smarting from some of last weekend's injuries. Other than the huge blister on my left heel, I fared much better with my showshoes than I did on skis. It prompted me to compile a list illustrating why I prefer snowshoeing.

  1. I'm fairly efficient at snowshoeing, as opposed to wasting a lot of time trying to pick myself up off the ground.
  2. I leave a much prettier trail on snowshoes than I do on skis.
  3. Snowshoeing has practically no learning curve. It's like walking, only your feet are farther apart.
  4. I can negotiate obstacles much more easily on snowshoes.
  5. Snowshoes take up a lot less room in your car.
  6. Snowshoes are not slippery on the bottom, unlike skis.
  7. Snowshoes are easier to take on and off (at least for me).
  8. It's a lot cheaper to buy a decent pair of snowshoes that it is to buy a decent set of skis.
  9. Snowshoes make a satifying crunching noise when you use them. Skis are too quiet to be trusted.
  10. It hurts a lot less to snowshoe.

So, there you have it—my take on the skis vs. snowshoes issue. Now, don't get me wrong. I'm sure if you're good at skiing it's probably much more fun to ski. It looks more fun. Unfortunately, I don't think I'll ever know for sure.

Tomorrow I have to try out the new three-hour Spinervals DVD that came in the mail today. Ooh, I can hardly wait!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I find your blog very entertaining.I wish I had half your dedication in training. I feel like such a slug this winter and I certainly never thought you would leave me in your dust in any athletic activity but here I am half way through february and never put my bike in the trainer much less ride it. I am proud of you!!!!!!!!!! p.s. nice shoes