Best Snowshoeing Books: Books About Making Snowshoes, Trails, and Routes

What better way to learn more about the sport of snowshoeing than to hunker down by a roaring fire and start reading a new book?

Most snowshoeing books tend to fall into one of three major categories: how to make snowshoes, snowshoe trip and route guidebooks, and historical and biographical accounts of snowshoeing and famous winter treks.

Here are some of the best snowshoeing books hand-selected from Amazon, so read ahead whether you’re looking for holiday gift ideas, planning out your next adventure, or just want to get cozy by the fireplace!

TitleAuthorPublication DateCategory
Brown Ash Snowshoes: A North American TraditionBrian J TheriaultFebruary 22, 2022Snowshoe Making
Leaving Tracks: A Maine TraditionBrian J TheriaultMay 4, 2014Snowshoe Making
Building Wooden Snowshoes & Snowshoe FurnitureGil GilpatrickFebruary 1, 2011Snowshoe Making
Snowshoe Routes WashingtonDan NelsonSeptember 3, 2015Snowshoe Trails and Routes
The Best Vail Valley Hikes and Snowshoe RoutesThe Colorado Mountain ClubMarch 25, 2013Snowshoe Trails and Routes
Snowshoe Routes: Colorado’s Front RangeAlan AptNovember 11, 2011Snowshoe Trails and Routes
50 of the Best Snowshoe Trails Around Lake TahoeMike WhiteOctober 15, 2018Snowshoe Trails and Routes
Lake Tahoe Trails for All Seasons: Must-Do Hiking and Snowshoe TreksKathryn ReedApril 5, 2020Snowshoe Trails and Routes
Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the AdirondacksTony GoodwinDecember 1, 2012Snowshoe Trails and Routes
Snowshoe Routes: New England – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, MaineDiane Blair and Pamela WrightAugust 9, 2006Snowshoe Trails and Routes
Snowshoe Hikes in the White MountainsSteven D. SmithDecember 1, 2000Snowshoe Trails and Routes
Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast (Studies in Environment and History)Thomas M. WickmanOctober 24, 2019Snowshoe History
Sailor on Snowshoes: Tracing Jack London’s Northern TrailDick NorthJune 16, 2006Snowshoe History
Best Books About Snowshoeing

BOOKS ABOUT MAKING SNOWSHOES

By Brian J Theriault

This book from expert snowshoe craftsmen Brian Theriault walks through construction methods in detail, including diagrams and plans to fashion a traditional style pair of snowshoes.

By Brian J Theriault

This was an earlier book published by the same author, who is featured in our “Traditional Wooden Snowshoes Made in Maine” article.

By Gil Gilpatrick

Another guide to making traditional wooden snowshoes and snowshoe-style furniture is presented by longtime craftsman Gil Gilpatrick.

Books About Snowshoeing Trails and Routes

Snowshoe Routes Washington

By Dan Nelson

100 total routes across Washington State are provided in this guide that also features camping, trailhead, and parking options.

50 of the Best Snowshoe Trails Around Lake Tahoe

By Mike White

This book includes 50 distinct routes near Lake Tahoe for snowshoers of all abilities, accompanied by stunning photographs of the region.

Snowshoe Routes: New England – Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

By Diane Blair and Pamela Wright

This guide covers 75 snowshoe routes across four New England states, along with driving distances from major population centers. Also includes a trip-planning chart that compares different routes.

Snowshoe Routes: Colorado’s Front Range

By Alan Apt

Author Alan Apt details his knowledge more than 30 years of hiking and snowshoeing experience across the state of Colorado.

Lake Tahoe Trails for All Seasons: Must-Do Hiking and Snowshoe Treks

By Kathryn Reed

This guide features year-round hiking and snowshoeing trails and routes. Local guides rate each trek based on scenery and difficulty.

Snowshoe Hikes in the White Mountains

By Steven D. Smith

More than 100 day trips in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Intended for beginner and intermediate snowshoers. Books content may be outdated but still a good resource for trip planning.

The Best Vail Valley Hikes and Snowshoe Routes

By The Colorado Mountain Club

This is a year-round guide to 20 of the best hikes and snowshoe trails in the Vail Valley of Colorado.

Ski and Snowshoe Trails in the Adirondacks

By Tony Goodwin

50 trails are covered in this guide for cross country skiers and snowshoers throughout this northeastern New York region. It includes maps and mileages.

Books About the History of Snowshoeing

Snowshoe Country: An Environmental and Cultural History of Winter in the Early American Northeast

By Thomas M. Wickman

This is an environmental and cultural history of life in colonial Newgland, aka “Snowshoe Country”. It covers many of the technological solutions used to survive the harsh winters.

Sailor on Snowshoes: Tracing Jack London’s Northern Trail

By Dick North

The life of famed writer Jack London (White Fang, The Call of the Wild) is explored in this biographical account of his adventures in the Northern Trail in search for Klondike gold.