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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
How to tell if you’ve got authentic snowshoeing boots? Look for a little lip on the heel. This extension keeps the rear binding from slipping down over your heel. It performs a similar function if you wear a traction device such as ice cleats.
Do your boots have one?
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What’s So Great About Snowshoeing? The sport is easy to learn, virtually inexpensive (compared to other winter sports), poses little risk of injury and is a great way to exert energy during the cold winter months.
According to research provided by Snowsports Industries America, 40.8 percent of snowshoers are women (a number that is increasing [...]