Winter sports are often expensive, requiring an array of specialized gear and training. The centuries-old sport of snowshoeing, however, is totally different: If you can walk, you can snowshoe. And whether you're snowshoe savvy or a complete newbie, an excellent opportunity to partake in the action happens during the Starlight Snowshoe Benefit at the Bogus Basin Nordic Ski Lodge.
Snowshoeing has been around for a long time and like most great ideas, was probably the result of careful observation. Just watch a snowshoe hare darting across a field of white and you'll instantly understand the advantage. Instead of struggling to make headway, the little fellows use oversized feet to effortlessly glide where humans only posthole. Since bunnies' feet are so big in proportion to their bodies, weight is distributed over a larger surface area, resulting in a much easier romp through the powder.
Now, imagine being that struggling human watching that smug bunny scurry by and voila--snowshoes.
Sponsored by Greenwood's Ski Haus, the 10th annual Starlight Snowshoe Benefit is the brainchild of former employee Ray Schuler. Schuler had been involved in a similar event elsewhere but wanted to make the experience more meaningful by incorporating fundraising into the mix. Last year saw more than 400 participants, and this year, event organizers are hoping for an even larger turnout.
All proceeds benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), a global organization funding Type I diabetes research in an effort to eradicate the disease. Local restaurants will provide the edibles, local musicians will provide live entertainment. Snowshoes will be provided and trails will be lit so you'll be able to see any smug bunnies crossing your path.