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
blindness.

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
hypothermia.

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 paper.

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 terrain
can mis-lead you in a wrong
direction.

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

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
strengthen.

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
around.

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
backwards.

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

Adjusting Snow Shoes
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

8x21-----75-140lbs

8x25-----120-180lbs

9x30-----160-220lbs

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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