FAQ About Snowshoeing

Spring is here. It’s snowing one day, rainy the next with blue skies breaking through the clouds in the afternoons.

No one is thinking about snowshoeing, we’re all waiting for the trails to dry up. But, that doesn’t mean that snowshoe season is over. In fact, if you’re headed to the high country spring is the perfect time to strap those snowshoes onto your pack.


This is the last post in our ‘how to snowshoe‘ series and we’d like to thank everyone for reading. This series has been HUGE for Just Trails.

It’s helped us set record-breaking traffic on the site the past two months. So, thank you!

We’re wrapping up the series by answering a few of your questions.

1) Do I have to be in good shape to snowshoe?

No! If you can walk you can snowshoe. The more frequently you snowshoe the easier it will become and just like magic you’ll find yourself getting into good shape. We recommend starting off slowly if you never snowshoed before, perhaps try a city park or local nature trail before hitting more difficult terrain.

2) Why not just hike?

Great question. If trails are packed down and there’s isn’t much snow in the first place you might as well just hike. But, if there’s a bunch of snow on the trails and if the snow is deep or you expect to run into deep snows it’s much better to bring the snowshoes along.

3) Is it tricky to balance on snowshoes?

Not at all, the trickiest part (for me anyway) is walking with my feet a little bit farther apart than normal. Snowshoes are actually quite stable because of the wide platform.

4) What kind of boots do you recommend.

Good question, check out this post. If snow isn’t too deep I wear my Asolo hiking boots with gaiters and if the weather is cold and super snowy then I wear lightweight snowboots and probably my gaiters too (currently they are my favorite piece of flair).

5) Is snowshoeing hard?

No, it’s super easy. I think that’s what makes it so popular. The hardest part is putting on your snowshoes at first and then walking with a different stance.

6) Do I need a “woman’s” snowshoe?

Great question, most snowshoe companies recommend it. I don’t have a woman’s snowshoe, just a pair that work well with my weight. I suppose it comes down to how serious you are about gear and snowshoeing. If you’re a woman who picks up a men’s pair of snowshoes at a garage sale I won’t judge (I’ll think you’re thrifty and that’s a good thing!)

Thanks for joining us on our snowshoe adventure this winter. We’ve covered cross-country skiing and snowshoeing now. What winter content would you like to see next year (we’re nerdy planners like that!)?

And if you missed it, here are the other post in the snowshoe series.

* Bonus Content: Should Snowshoeing be an Olympic Sport? 



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