If you are tired of shovelling snow, you can rise above it.
Snowshoes can take you places where it is hard to walk, run or even ski.
A group of local people hit Red Deer trails on New Year’s Day on snowshoes.
Starting from the Kerry Wood Nature Centre, they marched penguin-style, north to McKenzie Trails.
A sense of adventure made them leave the trails to follow animal tracks into the woods.
There they discovered snowy archways, snow-covered trees and even birds snacking from a giant bird feeder high in the trees.
Along the way they learned that even on snowshoes you can sink to your hips in soft, deep snow, that snow-covered logs or branches can be hazards, and that ski poles are helpful to keep your balance — especially in wooded areas.
Other Red Deer areas that are prime snowshoe territory are trails at Heritage Ranch, the Pines Escarpment (between 67th Street and 77th Street), River Bend Golf Course, and Gaetz Lake Sanctuary behind the Kerry Wood Nature Centre.
If you want to try the sport, Kerry Wood Nature Centre rents snowshoes for $5 an hour or $10 for a 24-hour-period.