The health benefits of snowshoeing

February 19, 2010 2:12:41 PM PST
The winter sport you can easily tackle: snowshoeing. A look at its health benefits and one resort's romantic twist on the sport.

Event featured in the segment:

Moonlight Snowshoe Tour
Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center
Thursday, February 25-26, 2010

Northstar® Resort offers guided Moonlight Snowshoe Tours each month during the winter season. Tours depart from the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 5:00 p.m. and will last approximately 2 - 2.5 hours. Participants will cover approximately four miles of challenging, rolling terrain during the tour, however multiple trail options will be offered depending on different ability levels.

All groups will complete their snowshoe at the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center and will then enjoy live acoustic music at a fire pit with s'mores and hot chocolate . Once everyone has relaxed by the fire for a while, the group will snowshoe down to the Village and end the tour at the base of the Big Springs Gondola. Dogs on leashes are welcome and sled rentals are available for children.

Please give yourself plenty of time to ride the Gondola and check in at the Cross-County Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center located at Mid-Mountain. We recommend leaving the Village at Northstar? at least 45 minutes before your tour begins.

Participants should be on the Gondola by 4:15 p.m. to allow enough time. Snowshoes will be available for rental at the Cross-Country Center. Please note the March tours will leave the Center during twilight but will be returning under the moonlit sky.

Participants should make sure to wear warm and waterproof shoes and clothing. We recommend snow boots to keep your feet warm and multiple layers of clothing so you can adjust for your temperature during the hike.

Adults - $35
Children - 12 & Under: $25
Snowshoe Rental - $5

Tour Dates + Times:
December 28 and 29 - 5:00 p.m.
January 28 and 29 - 5:00 p.m.
February 25 and 26 - 5:00 p.m.
March 26 and 27 - 5:00 p.m.


Northstar Resort's Moonlight Snowshoe Tours sell out on a regular basis. Reservations are required with a 24 hour cancellation policy. Book your reservations online or call the Cross-Country Ski, Telemark & Snowshoe Center at 530.562.3270.

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About Lorrie Sullenberger:

She is the creator of Fit and Fabulous... Outdoors! television show, is inspiring women form all fitness levels to discover a more exhilarating life through incorporating the outdoors in their quest for better health. Lorrie is certified through the American Council on Exercise and has owned and operated a women's gym.

"Most women know that they need to do some kind of exercise" that is not the issue, Lorrie says. It's the inspiration to get out there and start. I want to reach out to women who think their weight is hopeless, give them some inspiration and show them how they can get Fit and Fabulous... Outdoors too. For more information, visit

About Julie Young:

Decorated athlete, Julie Young, was hired during the 2006-2007 winter season to manage Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort's Cross-Country, Telemark & Snowshoe Center.

When she joined the Northstar Resort team, Julie brought more than 16 years of professional athletic competition experience to Northstar Resort, and most recently served as a team member and media relations representative for Rossignol's Nordic Ski Team, as well as editor and photographer for Sierra Heritage Magazine.

Julie was also part of the U.S. National Cycling Team from 1990-2002, serving as the Cycling Team Captain in 2000 and 2001.