Beginner’s Guide to Snowshoeing

What is Snowshoeing?

Snowshoeing is a sport and recreational activity that has existed for several thousands of years. Traditionally made from wood, snowshoes have evolved with modern materials and construction technology and are now made from aluminum, carbon fiber, and even foam.

Below are some helpful articles we’ve written to get started in snowshoeing, including information about snowshoeing equipment, trips and planning advice, and gear reviews.

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Who Uses Snowshoes?

There are many different types of snowshoers that use snowshoers for many purposes, including:

  • Recreational hikers of all abilities
  • Winter hikers and mountain climbers
  • Runners and snowshoe racers
  • Backcountry skiers and snowboarders
  • Hunters, outdoorsmen, and foresty professionals

All of these different categories of users each have different requirements for a pair of snowshoers specific to their individual needs.

Snowshoeing Topics

snowshoe Equipment

Which Snowshoes are Made in the USA?

Which Snowshoes are Made in Canada?

Do I Need Snowshoes with Boa Bindings?

Complete Guide to Inflatable Snowshoes

Guide to Renting Snowshoes – Seven Ways to Rent Snowshoes for Beginners

Best Sustainable, Eco-Friendly, and Environmentally-Friendly Snowshoes

Should I Rent or Buy Snowshoes?

Best Deep Snow Snowshoes

When is the Best Time to Buy Snowshoes?

Do I Need Poles for Snowshoeing?

Do I Need Sunglasses or Ski Goggles for Snowshoeing?

Traditional Wooden Snowshoes Made in Maine

How to Make Snowshoes in the Forest: Emergency Primitive Snowshoes

Snowshoe Care Guide: How to Store Snowshoes

Snowshoe Trips and Planning

Snowshoe Races and Winter Trail Runs in New England

Best Snowshoeing Books

Best Snowshoeing in Maine

Best Snowshoeing in Rhode Island

Best Snowshoes for Hiking in the Adirondacks

Best Moonlight Snowshoe Tours and Night Snowshoeing Adventures

How Far Can You Snowshoe in a Day?

How to Snowshoe with Dogs

4 Best Apps for Tracking Snowshoeing and Backcountry Skiing Trips

How to Track and Record a Snowshoeing Trip in Strava

Can I Fly with Snowshoes?

Is Snowshoeing Good Exercise?

Snowshoeing vs. Skinning: Best Method for Backcountry Skiers to Climb Uphill

snowshoe Gear Reviews

L.L. Bean Winter Walker Snowshoe Review