Whistler is a resort community, with a winter activity focus of skiing on our beautiful mountains. For those who are unable to downhill ski or would like to add something different to their time outdoors, snowshoeing is a great alternative.
It is a winter activity that is fun, low impact and makes you sweat. Whistler is blessed to have many areas that one can explore in the winter on snowshoes. It is astonishing how a snowfall changes the landscape of an area. The beauty of a trail that you may know well in the summer transforms into winter beauty with snow hanging on our West Coast pine trees.
Everyone is aware that physical exercise has health benefits. Snowshoeing provides a cardio workout, while also building strength, agility, balance and endurance. As one ages, building strength without going to the gym and increasing your balance, as you would by walking in snowshoes on uneven terrain, are great side effects to a joyous time with some peers.
In the summer, I had the pleasure of leading a Walking Wednesday program and based on the great turn out of participants, Whistler Community Services Society has decided to carry on weekly plans for the winter.
If you are 55 or older and have a pair of snowshoes, please join me on Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m. starting Jan. 9. We will always meet at the gravel parking lot in Function Junction at the corner of Cheakamus Lake Road and Highway 99. All abilities are welcome and we will split into two groups if needed to ensure enjoyment for everyone. The best part about the morning, other than the fresh air and exercise, is a chance to connect with your peer group over coffee after our gentle morning adventure. For more info contact Seniors Needs Action Planner Melissa Deller at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-902-0865.