WINTER WEATHER – SNOW, IN PARTICULAR – AFFORDS EXPERIENCES THAT HELP TO PUT LIFE INTO PERSPECTIVE. NEWLY FALLEN SNOW MAKES THE WORLD NEW AGAIN. EVERYTHING IS CLEAN AND WHITE. WHEN YOU'RE THE FIRST TO CROSS ANY OPEN AREA, YOU FEEL LIKE AN EXPLORER AND A TRAILBLAZER, MARKING THE WAY FOR OTHERS TO FOLLow.

 

– Ryan Alford, founder of Snowshoe magazine       

  

– Phillip Gary Smith, senior editor, Snowshoe magazine          

 

 

Animal tracks and markings left by blowing grasses and other vegetation that remain from warmer months serve as messages: They are singular signs that humankind is not alone and that we share the planet.

 

Snowshoeing on a new layer of snow gives you the opportunity to contemplate that relationship.

 

Outdoor winter travel does not need to be at speed. There's an alternative to using skis, snowboards, or ice skates to cross the season's frozen surfaces. With snowshoes, you can enjoy winter at a different pace, whether for overland travel, recreation, communing with nature, serious exercise, community building, seeking isolation, or competition.

 

Snowshoeing has enjoyed a renaissance the last few decades. Once necessary footwear for enabling members of native tribes to mobilize during winter months, snowshoes are just as useful today as they were as many as 6,000 years ago.

 

The concept behind snowshoes is that they spread out a person's weight across a wide area so the snowshoer doesn't sink like he or she would if just wearing shoes or boots. As an early human invention, snowshoes have a long history.

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