How to Put on Snowshoes

The first time I went snowshoeing was a disaster. I remember standing in the parking lot at the trailhead trying to cinch up all of the annoying straps on my snowshoes in the freezing cold and thinking, "this is so dumb, my ski's would already be on my feet and I'd be halfway down the trail by now." It's actually pretty simple to put on snowshoes. Here's what we do: 1) If you have a new pair (or new-to-you) pair of snowshoes put your boots on, head to your garage or lay a few towels on your living room floor…

Where to Buy Snowshoes

As part of our Wednesday snowshoe series we've talked a bit about the history of snowshoeing, why to snowshoe and how to choose a pair of snowshoes. Today we're talking about the best places to buy a set of snowshoes. But don't go shopping just yet! Next week we'll talk about the extra gear (poles, boots etc) that you need to go with your snowshoes. Like most gear, if you're a beginner I recommend buying used or renting a pair of snowshoes for your first few adventures to be sure that it's a sport you really want to invest money…

How to Choose a Pair of Snowshoes

As part of our Wednesday snowshoe series we've discussed the history of snowshoeing and reasons to snowshoe. Today we're talking about how to choose a pair of snowshoes. We'll start with the basics. The components of a snowshoe, the types of snowshoes and how to fit a snowshoe. When I started snowshoeing I knew nothing about snowshoes. I simply headed to Sierra Trading Post and picked a pair of Redfeather Snowshoes out of the bargain barn for 25 bucks. I didn't know that snowshoes should be sized or that there were even different types of snowshoes. I guess I did…