If you're intimidated by snowshoeing, or not keen on the potential to be cold, try thinking of it this way: when was the last time you walked on water? It's worth a try, right?! And Lassen Volcanic National Park makes it easy with ranger-led tours every Saturday and Sunday from January through April. The rangers will even rent you their extra snowshoes for a whole $1, teach you how to walk in them, and take you on a stroll through Lassen's beautiful, snow-blanketed southern corner. Learn about winter ecology in far nothern California's volcanic landscape as you discover what will surely be your new favorite hobby.
Of course, if you're already pretty steady on snowshoes, you can skip the tour and explore on your own. Bring your own shoes or rent some in Redding at Sports LTD, because the park's spare shoes are reserved for people taking the tour. Lassen has several great snowshoeing trails throughout the park, including around the beautiful Manzanita Lake. The park is close enough to Redding that you can do a half day excursion, or go for the whole day and pack your sled, cocoa, snowman-making-kit, and snowshoes. Of course, another advantage to Lassen's snowshoeing terrain is that it's all ages and abilities, so the whole gang can join you, and we're pretty sure you'll make more memories this way than if you spent the winter day holed up in the movie theater or fighting over the leftover gingerbread.
Need a better idea of what a Lassen snowshoe tour entails? Check out this fun account from the Washington Post. If you're more experienced, you might like this guy's attempt to snowshoe to the peak...with a broken shoe! If you want to make a whole weekend out of it, consider joining the Outdoor Adventure Club on a trip with professional guides and the option to camp in a snowcave!