Vail Today: Beaver Creek Snowshoe series continues Feb. 12 (video) |

Vail Today: Beaver Creek Snowshoe series continues Feb. 12 (video)

Sarah Stutman, with the Beaver Creek Resort Co., left, discusses snowshoe racing at Beaver Creek with Vail Today's Tricia Swenson.
Austin Day | Special to the Daily |

If your New Year’s resolution to be more active this year has fallen by the wayside, you have the perfect opportunity to get back on track on Sunday. Beaver Creek is hosting the second in a series of three Beaver Creek Running Series: Snowshoe Edition events at 11 a.m. at Creekside Park.

Snowshoeing has grown in popularity and is the perfect way to burn some calories while being outside and enjoying time with friends. According to FitDay, which is a free, online calorie counter and weight-loss journal, a 35-year-old woman who is 5-foot-5 and weighs 135 pounds can burn more than 400 calories during an hour of snowshoeing.

Although there is a competitive 10-kilometer component, there is also a more leisurely 5K that can be tackled while chatting with friends on the course. The Kids’ K is back, as well, giving the younger set a taste of the sport at a length that won’t wear them out.

This weekend’s event will take you up the eastern hillside of Beaver Creek. This area is used for hiking, biking and horseback riding in the summer, but no ski trails run throughout the aspen grove. It’s a completely different way to explore Beaver Creek.

Registration starts at 8:30 a.m. near the Covered Bridge at the base of the escalators.

The event concludes with a post-event party at the Dusty Boot Roadhouse. Lunch and your choice of a glass of wine or a beer are included in the registration fee.

Snowshoe demos are provided by Atlas Snowshoes if you want to try the latest. Come early to the expo area, as the snowshoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t let an equipment barrier stand in the way of participating.

Registration is available the day of the event, or sign up in advance on at