Snowshoeing is nearly as easy as walking, but oh, so much more fun say our conga-line trekkers. Follow their lead and celebrate winter with a snowshoe party. Grab your toque and earmuffs, then gather adventurous friends.
With a roaring fire and warm friends on hand there’s no need to fear the cold. To build a fire: Gather tinder such as dry needles, plants and grasses and place at bottom of fire pit. Add dry kindling such as small twigs and sticks. Finally, stack logs in the shape of a teepee. This way they’ll fall into the fire as it burns. With a solid arrangement in place light the fire. Always have a bucket of water (or snow) nearby.
Fire up your guests’ anticipation with a pre-party loot bag. Plaid covered, fake fur earmuffs are a practical enticement.
A fast-growing sport, snowshoeing burns about 600 calories an hour, it’s easy to learn and relatively inexpensive.
Dinner by fire
The fire is roaring and dinner is served. Wrap salmon steaks, potatoes and green beans in heavy foil and cook over open flames.
- 1 lemon, juiced (keep skins)
- ½ onion, diced
- ¼ cup butter
- 2 6oz salmon, skinless
- 1 sprig dill
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- Melt butter in a small saucepan on medium heat and add onion and garlic. Once melted, add lemon juice and remove pan from heat.
- Cover salmon in oil and season with salt and pepper. Lay salmon on a piece of tin foil with lemon skins. Cut the sprig of dill in half and place half on each piece of salmon. Pour butter sauce over salmon, then wrap with tin foil.
- Place foil-wrapped salmon on a grill and place over open fire to cook, approximately 10 to 15 minutes.
Note: If an in-kitchen cooking experience is preferred, preheat oven to 350°F and bake for 10 to 15 minutes.
Snowshoe Hot Toddy
- 1 oz white creme de cacao
- 1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur
- 4 oz hot chocolate
- 1 can whipped cream
- Sprinkles (optional)
In a thermos, add creme de cacao, raspberry liqueur and hot chocolate. Shake well, pour into a glass and top with whipped cream. Add sprinkles for a festive touch.