Snowshoe High: Who cares if  you look like you walked out of an REI catalog? Photo: Courtesy Beaver Creek

According to Snowsports Industries America (SIA), you’ll burn 45 percent more calories running with snowshoes. For a killer winter workout at 10,000 feet, head to the McCoy Park Trail System, nestled on top of the Strawberry Park Express Lift at Beaver Creek Resort. This season, in addition to Nordic skiing and nature tours, Beaver Creek is offering Snowshoe Fit Tours. Tours cover three to five miles in about two hours, and encounter 1,000 feet of elevation gain in each guide-led tour.

“The tours will be geared toward more of a workout versus our signature nature tours,” says Nate Goldberg, the Hiking Director/Product Manager Nordic Sports for Beaver Creek Resorts. “The focus is on fitness and providing a great high-altitude workout in one of Colorado’s most beautiful settings.”

Offered two times a week for those aged 15 and over, the tours will cost around $80, which includes a lift ticket and an Atlas running snowshoe rental. Alternately, you can purchase the 2011-2012 Nordic Adventure Pass, a three-day discounted pass allowing visitors to participate in a mixture of mountain activities including Snowshoe Fit Tours, telemark and Nordic skiing.

The tours are the perfect way to train for the 5K and 10K races in the Beaver Creek Snowshoe Adventure Series, held on Sundays throughout the winter. This year, the series will feature the Dogma Athletica Snowshoe Series Cup, promising more than $15,000 in prize money—the world’s largest cash purse in snowshoeing.