Over the break my husband and I decided to try something different. We bought snowshoes. Not the original ones but the brand new metal ones. However, the weather didn't co-operate. After having plenty of snow before Xmas, sufficient enough for our purpose anyway, the sun shone brightly, the celsius rose into the double digits and ....no snow, just lovely green grass. After lamenting all week and staring at our new snowshoes leaning against the porch wall, we woke to a vista blanketed in snow. As luck would have it, we had to drive in it and not play in it....just hope it stays until we're not so busy.