For British Pa­cific Prop­er­ties pres­i­dent Ge­off Croll, snow­shoe­ing is one more way to take to the hills

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British Pa­cific Prop­er­ties pres­i­dent Ge­off Croll dashes through the snow

I was born and raised in West Van­cou­ver, and I've been play­ing on the North Shore Moun­tains all my life—from hik­ing to ski­ing to moun­tain bik­ing and trail run­ning. Snow­shoe­ing's just an­other ac­tiv­ity on the hill­side. My first mem­o­ries of snow­shoe­ing are of a Scout group 40 years ago go­ing up Holly­burn with these big, wooden, heavy show­shoes. Now you have these su­perlightweight snow­shoes that you just strap on like very light­weight trail shoes. You can walk, you can run, so it's a great way to get ex­er­cise, to get fresh air.

You don't need as much equip­ment as you do for ski­ing. You don't need to take lessons. You just need a pair of snow­shoes, and off you go. This win­ter I hope to get out a cou­ple of times a month—if we go to Whistler for a week­end, we'll go ski­ing one day, and the other day we'll go snow­shoe­ing on the other side of the val­ley. I usu­ally go with my wife. Our three daugh­ters are very much in the out­doors as well, so we have snow­shoes and head­lamps for ev­ery­body.

If you go at night, it's mag­i­cal, with the light from the head­lamps dart­ing through the trees and re­flect­ing off the snow. You can go snow­shoe­ing at Mount Sey­mour, you can go at Holly­burn—you can have a fon­due din­ner at Holly­burn Lodge. We of­ten go on the Trans Canada Trail in West Van­cou­ver as well—the snow's lower.

It can be a ca­sual walk or it can be a su­per­in­tense car­dio­vas­cu­lar work­out, de­pend­ing what you want to do or who you're go­ing with. But most of all, it's get­ting out in the fresh air and out in na­ture and away from the stress and the busy­ness of our lives in the city.

—as told to Felicity Stone

IN HIS EL­E­MENT Ge­off Croll makes tracks on Cy­press Moun­tain

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