Skis and snowshoes both facilitate travel in deep snow conditions. You can go almost anywhere on snowshoes that you’d go on skis — just slower. The snowshoes’ shorter length helps you fit into small spaces that won’t accommodate skis, but snowshoes aren’t constructed to control a speedy downhill descent like skis are. Despite their [...]
Redfeather Snowshoes has a sense of humor and it shines through in their invitation for you to join its Winter People Society. The society’s pledge:
As a winter person I do hereby happily pledge to uphold the standards of the Society. To pray for snow, no matter what my religious beliefs. To smile in the [...]
Colin Fletcher said, “Snowshoes allow you to travel (sweating hard, but sinking less than a foot at every step) across snow into which you would otherwise go on sinking forever if God had not arranged that human legs eventually converge.” From: The Complete Walker IV.
Snowshoes date to the shoe ski created in Central Asia [...]
A study entitled “Risk assessment in winter backcountry travel” appearing in Wilderness & Environmental Medicine, concluded snowshoers and snowmobilers are groups that tend to underestimate avalanche danger when traveling in the back country. These groups may be unknowingly assuming a higher risk and should be targeted for avalanche education and awareness.
The purpose of this [...]
Today’s recreational snowshoes are smaller, lighter, stronger, and more maneuverable than the traditional wood frame and rawhide models. They are made of high-quality, light, durable, aluminum or carbon fiber with a durable synthetic decking. Quality snowshoes cost $200-300, although you can usually find a sale- especially off-season and they will likely last for decades of [...]