Adventure Running For Winter
Winter starts early here in The Tetons with skiers charging the backcountry by mid November. Dry trails are replaced with 2,000 vertical boot pack accents demanding you earn the fresh powder that the early morning offers up. Skiing out of bounds, carving first tracks, and making your own way down through the trees and the unknown, all for the chance of something epic, that one day that you will always remember. The chance to experience terrain differently, floating on snow, over rock bands and down couloir that only the snow will allow.
As winter is approaching for you, this is a great time to look to change things up with your running and build in some diverse creativity and adventure. I love to run in the winter, especially on very cold, crisp blue sky days were all you can hear is the crunch of the frozen snow. My same summer running trails are now transformed into a winter multisport spectacle and I use this time of year to get creative with my running and with cross training adventures. I pull out the snow bike and hit the groomed snow machine trails that allow my 4-inch wide tires to float on top of the snow. I can ride for hours this way or use it to commute to Snow King, the local ski mountain in town. I strap my skis on my back, ride into town and skin up the mountain for a very fast 1,500-foot descent before hopping back on the bike for home.
The trails provide endless snowshoe running opportunities, whether it is a long climb ascent near home or an epic run in Grand Teton National Park followed up with a Nordic ski on groomed trails with the family. Snowshoeing offers a great way to build strength for your running and provide a simple way to add adventure to your winter months.
Yes, Jackson Hole is a special place that offers true, wild west adventure, but I also believe that adventure is a mindset that can be created anywhere. Here are a few ways to spice things up during the winter to keep things fresh and to help build strength improvements for your running:
Who has the craziest and most creative adventure to share?