Tips for Snowshoeing

By Erik Neilson , last updated November 13, 2011

Anyone who is new to snowshoeing could benefit from at least a few tips. After all, snowshoeing can be quite difficult for beginners, especially given the fact that the sport has a rather high learning curve. As long as you take the time to understand the best ways to go about approaching snowshoeing, you can save yourself a great deal of trouble. The following are just a few tips to help you get started snowshoeing.

Walk on Heavy Snowfall

When it comes to getting the most out of snowshoeing, it’s important to ensure that there is enough snow to walk on. Small amounts of snow are simply not adequate for those who wish to snowshoe, as there needs to be a significant base in order for snowshoes to get a solid grip. The heavier the snowfall you walk on, the easier it will be to snowshoe.

Use Poles

Many people view videos or photos of snowshoeing veterans thinking that they can easily replicate what they see. The fact is, snowshoeing can be very difficult at first, and is almost always made easier with the use of poles. While there are poles that are specifically made for snowshoeing, ski poles will suffice. Poles can help you to keep your balance, which will increase your chances of getting the hang of snowshoeing in short order.

Don’t Look Down

One of the basic tenets of snowshoeing is that you should avoid looking down at all times. Many people look down while snowshoeing, which often results in a rather large tumble. Instead, strive to look straight ahead and pay attention to where you’re heading. This way, you’ll put less thought into your movements, which can actually serve to make you better at snowshoeing. While you may fall back to looking down on occasion, being mindful of your technique can help put a stop to this.
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