Learn to Snowshoe

February 7, 2021 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm America/Chicago Timezone
Ely Folk School
209 E Sheridan St
MN 55731

Sunday, February 7, 20211:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Tuition: $30

Experience a great way to get outside in the winter and explore areas that are inaccessible other times of the year or in deep snow on foot or skis. We’ll start inside with a brief history of snowshoeing and a discussion of the different types of snowshoes and their uses. You’ll also get some tips and tricks for a successful venture, including that all-important one, how to get up in case you fall.

We’ll head out nearby for an hour or so for to you to try out your new skills, hopefully with a lot of snow.

Appropriate clothing is important. Dress as you would for a long walk, given the weather conditions. Layers are good, wool, fleece, or down and always something windproof. Vests work well to keep your core warm as one of the layers. Warm footwear and wool socks, mittens, and hat. Gloves are often not warm enough. Other suggestions: neck gaiter, wrist gaiters, earmuffs. Bring a small pack big enough to hold a removed layer and a water bottle. Bring your own shoeshoes or let us know if you need to borrow some, and we will provide them.

About the Instructor, Jacki Fisher: I’ve lived in Ely since 1986, which is a great place to live for someone who loves the outdoors, as I do. I spend as much time as I can outdoors with winter sports as well as hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking the rest of the year.

I’ve done a variety of jobs, but my favorite was working for Elderhostel, now called Road Scholar, teaching snowshoeing and skiing. I’ve been making slippers, hats, muffs, scuffs, insoles, baby booties, and dog and cat toys in my business, Sheepskin Stuff, for 35 years, with many satisfied people and animals.

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