You don't have to go far to find true winter wilderness, where reality matches the fantasy.
We’re walking in the air. No people far below. The villages go by like dreams, the rivers and the hills, the forests and the streams … so go the lyrics to The Snowman. And so goes the feeling when snowshoeing through remote, white, mountain villages, because snowshoeing takes you into another world. One that is far from the world of skiing, and totally about winter walking. Powder plodding rather than powder pushing. Pondering the pistes rather than bashing them.
Snowshoeing over the snow covered black lava flows on Mount Etna is out of this world. Fire and ice. Very very nice.
And snowshoes are no longer like battered old tennis rackets; they’re made from lightweight aluminium with crampons for extra grip. Attach them to waterproof walking boots, grab some poles for extra leverage, follow your mountain guide and you’re off. Five minutes later forget you are wearing them. Until you try to go backwards, that is. And then you fall flat on your face. Don’t pack your pride for a snowshoeing vacation, just pack your childhood sense of adventure. And go walking in the air.
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