Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Sunday in Michigan

January 17th, 2016

Indianhead Mountain Resort overlooks the Ottawa National Forest, an area known for its natural beauty and wildlife. The family friendly ski resort in Michigan’s western Upper Peninsula offers 220 acres of terrain served by nine lifts and tows. One trail, Voyagers’ Highway, is over 40 acres in area, larger than many Midwest ski areas. Combined with sister property, Blackjack Resort, they offer 52 trails, 11 lifts and restaurants over 390 acres with downhill skiing, cross country skiing, snowboarding, snowtubing or snowshoeing to choose from. http://www.indianheadmtn.com/

I decided to snowshoe close to home given the artic “feels like” temperature of -19 F. Indianhead Resort seemed the perfect choice. They have a total of 55 inches of snow, 22 inches of that has been new snow over the past 7 days just waiting for avid outdoors sports enthusiasts to enjoy.

Their health club offers visitors use of a pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness area and racquetball courts. Weather permitting, Indianhead also offers guided moonlight snowshoeing and bon fires on Saturday nights.

jacuzzi pool

When snowshoeing the following are some thoughts to keep in mind: remember to lift those knees, and shorten your stride. Snowshoes aren’t designed to completely float above the snow, so you actually sink a little bit with each step. That’s not so terrible. However, if hiking in deep Upper Peninsula light, fluffy snow, you find yourself sinking much deeper! Today’s learned lesson was to rent a larger size snowshoe for this situation to improve my floatation. Also tread lightly and pace myself.

I enjoyed the natural, unspoiled beauty at Indianhead, however this hike was intense. I wasn’t expecting to earn my pool time by breaking the trail in snow up to my knees. Nonetheless, snowshoeing is a fun winter fitness option that can change in intensity from a slow walk to a much more intense activity by using poles, going uphill, or by going through deeper and softer snow.

I’m learning. One step at a time. Why not get out and try it for yourself? There’s plenty of snow for us all to enjoy!

PS: Sunday morning temperature in Ironwood -11, feels like -29. The average yearly snowfall in this area is 204 inches.

Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.