How to Make Your Own Snowshoes at Michigan State Parks
If you’re looking for ways to get out and enjoy the wintery outdoors in Pure Michigan, snowshoeing is a great option. Read more as Christine Schwerin of the Department of Natural Resources fills us in on how you can learn to make your own snowshoes this season.
Adapting to winter can be a matter of switching from flip-flops to waterproof boots, or in some cases – snowshoes. If you’re a do-it-yourselfer and love the invigorating feeling of spending time outdoors in the wintertime, a snowshoe-making class may be just the ticket.
Lacing the snowshoes takes a certain amount of focus and concentration. As anyone who has ever made their own pair will tell you, there’s pride in learning such a unique and timeless skill. Once you’re done, you’ve got a pair of snowshoes that’ll last, winter after snowy winter.
Sleepy Hollow State Park also offer two-day classes for a pair of traditional wooden Native American-style shoes. Participants will learn to weave a pair, all equipment included, for about $180. Class sizes are limited to eight people
Snowshoeing is something just about anyone can do, as the saying goes, if you can walk, you can snowshoe. It’s the perfect combination of exercise and adventure for those of us who are more comfortable on level ground than on the heart-thumping downhill ski slopes and making your own is an even more fun way to get involved!
About the Author: Christine Schwerin has been writing about Michigan-related topics since launching a career with Michigan History magazine in 2004. She currently works for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, where she’s fortunate enough to combine her love of writing with her love for the outdoors.