Enjoy snowshoe hiking!

23/12/2011

You roam through the idyllic winter world and sometimes you are the first to enter landscapes covered by a blanket of fresh snow. All around you have just nature, complete hush and bright sunshine or light fall of snow. Snowshoe hiking is a special experience. Here we present you some tips how to experience nature and mountains and how to enjoy this sport to the full.

Centuries ago the native inhabitants of America already used this kind of shoes consisting of branches and furs, in order to pass through deep snow. Today snowshoes are a trendy and technical kind of winter sport equipment, which is obtainable in many variations.

Material & use: In general we distinguish the classic models consisting of a covered aluminum frame from mostly shorter ones made of hard plastic. The former are suitable for gentle grounds and soft snow. For all those who would like to reach even some mountain tops, we recommend the second variant with spikes and studs.

Size: The bigger or rather weightier the snowshoe hiker is, the larger and more stable the snowshoe should be, in order to prevent him from sinking in. Nonetheless the snowshoe shouldn’t be too wide, so that you don’t have to walk with a rolling gait. For women there are often available special models, which are shorter and narrower.

Binding: A good snowshoe binding has to be easily usable (also with gloves), flexibly adjustable and of course it has to be reliable. Bindings with straps and a plastic part at the front are very comfortable.

Special features: In order to prevent you from slipping on steeper ascents and hard snow, you need snowshoes with a kind of crampon and a slightly bent shovel. In addition a climbing aid, which can be opened if required, makes the ascent easier.

In any case you should decide in favor of quality snowshoes. They may be a little bit more expensive, but they spare you a lot of trouble and especially also the risk of sinking into high snow because of defective material.

The nice thing about snowshoe hiking is that you don’t have to have special skills or to participate in a course. However, if you are on the move in the mountains, you should have appropriate experience, equipment and knowledge of snow conditions and risk of avalanches.