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 and practice putting the snowshoes on before you even go outside. You don’t even have to stand up. This way you can figure out how to tighten the straps in a warm, dry place.
2) Okay, so now you’re ready to go outside…The first step is to see if your snowshoes are universal or if you have to put the left snowshoe on your left foot and your right snowshoe on your right foot. Usually there will be a mark somewhere on the snowshoe indicating this.
3) Once you’ve got that figured out, shake or wipe the snow off your snowshoe’s binding and kick the snow off your boot, this will make it easier to attach your snowshoe to your boot.
4) Next, place the ball of your foot centered in the snowshoe’s bindings. You don’t want your foot too far forward on the deck or too far backward.
5) Strap in your toes, heels, and finally tighten the instep strap. Straps should feel snug and just right (not too tight, not too loose).
6) Finally, tuck any excess straps so they are out of the way and go SNOWSHOEING!!!
If you’re looking for more information about snowshoeing this is the 11th post in our Wednesday snowshoe blog series. You can read our previous posts here and check back for more next Wednesday.
- Introduction to Snowshoeing
- History of Snowshoeing
- 5 Reasons to Snowshoe
- How to Choose a Pair of Snowshoes
- Where to Buy Snowshoes
- Essential Clothing & Gear for Snowshoeing
- What to Pack for a Day of Snowshoeing
- To Hike or Snowshoe
- How to Plan a Snowshoe Hike
- Etiquette on the Snowshoe Trails
See, it’s simple putting on a pair of snowshoes! What tips do you have for beginning snowshoers?