Snowshoeing and Storytelling


Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador

When we think of snowshoeing we don’t think of storytelling but we should.  It’s not very practical to take a book snowshoeing with you. It’s hard to turn the pages while wearing mitts, snow can wreck it and it’s hard to see where you’re going while reading.

Reading is important. My husband and Read More

Snowshoeing Vs. Screentime


Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador

We currently live in an era where screen time is considered the “norm.”  Everyone has some type of a screen in their home whether it’s a phone, tablet, computer or that mesh thing that covers windows and stops the bugs from coming in during the summer time (I’m joking about that last Read More

Snowshoeing With A Baby


Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador

I am a first time mom to a 9-month-old daughter and snowshoeing has become our weekly activity. People always said, “your life will change” before we had our baby and they were right.  Things did change but what they forgot to mention was that our life would change “for the better”. Read More

First Snowshoe of the Season

First Snowshoe of the season

Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador

It was beginning to feel like winter was never going to come. Up until a day ago I hadn’t even taken out my snow pants, snowshoes and my other winter gear. It was becoming depressing. I had never gone this long without snow before.

This morning when I woke up, I could tell Read More

New Year, New Traditions


Michelle, Day Hiking Ambassador

Mike and I snowshoe into the Ottawa River every year but on no particular day. This year we decided to go on New Years Day. We figured it was a good way to start the New Year with some exercise and outdoor time.  Now that we are a family Read More

A Wild Winter



Winter weather has been a wild one this 2013/2014 snowshoe season. From the Sierra Nevada’s draught, to a “Polar Vortex” taking three passes through the Midwest and East Coast, the US has endured a winter for the ages.

A cold front, which usually remains on the Canadian side of the border, dipped South, breaking record lows Read More

Just What We Needed


Alaska had unseasonably warm weather in January with temperatures in the mid 50’s for several weeks and raining making for icy conditions which are not ideal for the winter enthusiast. With the old snow gone and no new snow falling for what seemed forever, people became depressed, demoralized and moody. I am speaking for myself Read More

Waiting for Perfect


The usual family of four is currently down to 2 players, my husband is out of town on a business trip – missing out on the arrival of the season’s first snow.  My oldest daughter broke her wrist while playing hockey in an out of state tournament, needless to say she is one armed at Read More

Q & A with Michelle

Name: Michelle F

Where did you grow up? Anchorage, Alaska

Where do you live now? Anchorage, Alaska

3 things we should know about you?

Winter is my favorite season, I love all winter sports and play on several hockey teams in addition to my cross country skiing addiction and soon to be snowshoeing obsession
I ALWAYS have gear in my Read More

Thanks, Mom!


-Michelle F.

Kids/Family Ambassador

I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, don’t be too jealous! I started skiing at a young age, going up and down the empty streets of my childhood home on the hillside in south Anchorage. By 8 my mom had my sister Read More