Snowshoeing Tips

Beginners snowshoeing
instructions and tips.

Group snowshoeing

Snow Shoes

Snow shoes have been around
for a long time. The shape and
design has varied over the years.

Show shoes, because they are
larger than a human foot, spread
the weight of a person over a
larger area.

This means less
PSI (pounds per square inch)
which helps keep you on top
of the snow, much like a
rabbit in snow.

Show Shoe Considerations

They should be light but
still be strong.

They should be comfortable
in all conditions of snow.

The harness should be
supportive and easy to put
on and take off.

The snow shoe should shed
snow off the top.

Too wide causes a person to
walk bowlegged.

Too narrow or short, and
you lose support on the snow.

Too long, means extra
weight and work, especially
in wet snow.

Not enough turn up on
the leading edge can cause
the snow shoe to dig in
causing one to trip.

A long tail helps keep the
front from digging in.

A longer snow shoe helps
keep pointing in a straight
forward position.

Recreation Show Shoeing

Snow shoeing is a lot of fun.

Be prepared for changes
in the weather, dress in
layers to keep comfortable.

On sunny days, use ski
goggles to prevent snow

Use a backpack so you can
carry extra clothing, and
you will have a place to
discard layers as necessary.

Try to keep dry, keep from
overheating, stop once in
a while and cool down, you
do not want to sweat,
wetness leads to rapid heat
loss from the body, which
can result in chills, or

Take water with you, so
you do not get dehydrated.

If you are going far, bring
a spare pair of socks, fire
starter, snacks and toilet

If the territory is new to you,
use a map, GPS, and compass.

Do not depend on GPS alone,
batteries can fail and hilly,
mountain ness terrain can
mis-lead you in a wrong

In deep snow, use gaiters,
or nylon pants skins over

If you use adjustable length
poles, check your baskets
and pole length locks from
time to time for tightness.

If you use poles, your upper
body gets a great workout.
Using poles takes some of the
stress off knees and hips.

You generally can go about
twenty percent further by
using the poles.

The poles help greatly on
the hills, while providing
stability on the trail.

Poles are also provide
security as a weapon
against predators.

When climbing hills, do not
get too close to the person
ahead of you, their poles
could kick out and stab you.

Snowshoe every second day,
as this will help keep
muscles from breaking down.
The day in between helps
the muscles recover and

When snow shoeing, one
can burn between four
hundred and a thousands
calories per hour depending
on how hard you work at it.

In deep snow, kick or flip your
snowshoe upward, and ahead
of you, as you move forward.

It is the same when you
back up, lift high, and flip
the snowshoes.

In a spot where you can
not go forward to turn
around, it is best to shuffle
in a circle, rather than
trying to back up to turn

When trying to back up in
powder snow, the back of
the snowshoes tend to drop
into the snow, and can
easily cause you to fall

It is better to traverse a
long hill, than attempting
to go straight up.

Adjusting Snow Shoes
with Front Toe Guides

Place your snowshoes so the
loose end of the boot heel
binding always point outward,
to prevent tripping on them.

Loosen the front top boot
binding strap, step your boot
forward into the nose guide,
so that the boot is about
three quarters to one inch
from the front of the cutout
of the snowshoe base.

This leaves enough room for
your boot to pivot.

Adjust the heel strap to retain
this adjustment.

Slide your boot tight to the
back strap.

Tighten down the front boot
strap, and snap together the
two loose ends.

You are ready to snowshoe.

Building a Trail

It is easy to build a snowshoe
trail, especially when two
people are snowshoeing.

The lead person starts building
and the rear person alternates
his or her step, to cover in
between steps of the lead
person. As this trail gets used
repeatedly, it is joy for all to use.

Enjoying the scenery.

Climbing the Hills

On the Trail

This is where the snowshoe
cleats really do their job.
Place your weight on the
tips of your toes on the
hills, this causes the
cleats to really dig in.

Enjoy Snow Shoeing
Enjoy the Great Outdoors.

Snowshoe Sizes




10x36----over 200lbs

Note: Snowshoes for Women
are slimmer and slightly less
in weight than men's.

General Estimate

For every pound of body
weight, there should be
one square inch of snowshoe
surface, per snowshoe.


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