the following video offers tips and reminders for snowshoers of all skill levels will show you snowshoe basics safety tips and more if you're new to snowshoeing you may want to hire a guide your first time out and explore marked trails now this is just a guide that means we're not responsible for your safety you are people say snowshoeing is as easy as walking it is that but I like to compare it to hiking which is so much more first thing you'll need for snowshoeing is a good quality pair of snowshoes I prefer the ratcheting binding system it's a little more secure a good snowshoeing boot is something you're gonna be warm and comfortable in a hiking boot with good ankle support some Thinsulate built in and gore-tex and a little lip on the back will help prevent the back binding from sliding off when putting your boot in the snowshoe binding put the tip of the boot in first push it right up to the front snug up the back binding and then the front bindings this will ensure a proper fit before heading out on any snowshoe trip do your research and that includes checking the weather forecast for the day plan your route let someone know where you're going and when you expect to be back bring basic safety gear think first aid warmth food water and staying dry no one plans to get lost or injured be prepared for everything and you'll return home safely and remember bring one or all of the following GPS map compass cell phone and know how to use them ok let's have some fun now in this next segment we're gonna learn techniques for uphill downhill log crossing and Creek crossing follow me snowshoeing downhill powder is a little more advanced but if you're gonna do it here's what you need to know keep your body upright knees can be slightly bent but think of riding an escalator lift your feet pump your knees make sure your snowshoe doesn't flip out which could hurt your shin use your poles for balance and timing if you have to be coming downhill at hardpack conditions remember go slow don't rush and stay away from steep icy slopes climbing uphill and hard pack is pretty straightforward the crampons dig in and you just walk as you normally would again stay away from the icy slopes they're not a lot of fun and they can be dangerous here's a few tips for climbing uphill in powder one technique is straight up pound out each step three or four times you want a solid base so when you transfer weight the base doesn't collapse and you end up going backwards another method is traversing pack out the snow and you make your turn pack out a little square and continue on duck walk similar to straight up hill same idea pack it down three four times holes up front when you you're gonna transfer a little weight and keep climbing here's a few tips for crossing a log snowshoe up to the front of the log step up on to the middle of the log with the middle of your snowshoe which usually equates to your leg line plant your poles on the other side of the log make sure they're planted firmly because you'll be transferring a little weight to them step up onto the log with a second snowshoe look where you're going ahead and step down one snowshoe at a time I don't recommend crossing creeks if you're just starting out snowshoeing it's a little more advanced and takes a lot of practice here's a few hazards to watch out for when you're out snowshoeing rocks trees stumps underneath the snow that you could trip on and twist it at any tree Wells deep pockets of air around the base of a tree snow bombs which accumulate at the top of trees and can weigh hundreds of pounds there especially dangerous in warm and windy weather remember if you're just starting out snowshoeing keep it simple stay to designated trails stay out of avalanche terrain know where you're going later in the season January February March we have a base we have lots of snow obstacles are covered up a little more safer to snowshoe and usually a lot more fun too we have just given you the basics of snowshoeing but we hope it has been helpful you have any comments or questions please let us know okay wait I'm not ready [Laughter]

Snowshoeing 101 – How to snowshoe
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41 thoughts on “Snowshoeing 101 – How to snowshoe

  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    I going around my yard!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    I’m going to have to snowshoe 9km up a mountain with my school yay so excited 🙃

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    what??? You are NOT responsible for my safety? how dare you put a video and NOT take full responsibility for MY safety! Unbelievable.

    (thank you for the video 😉 )

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Incredibly informative video! I love how it's broken down to the very basics with really nice visuals to follow along to. I'm about to go on my first snowshoe hike ever. Thanks for helping me out! Now it's time to test these techniques out! 👣

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    What if the dog wanted to snowshoe as well?

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    So its straight up snow hiking tf

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Thanks for the straight forward video, I live in Yellowknife and I’m 45 and want to get a little more into physical activities. I’ve already started a healthier living I quit smoking 4 months ago. And I intermittent fast. I’ve lost 45 pounds in the last year, and I’m at my goal weight of 200 lbs. I seen a pair of snow shoes and the range limit says 200-250 will they work. Thanks in advance

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Useful video IF you’ve watched more basic instructions first. I’d call this advanced basic. Not a very beginner’s guide.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Excellent video. Clear information, well-presented, and no extraneous B.S. Thank you!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Q. I always hear you have to pretty much walk bow legged to walk in snowshoes.. But you walked almost normally…

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Great video .Thanks a lot !!!!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Easy to get in and out of these. ==>ur2.pl/1122 Lightweight, look good and pretty comfortable.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    But what do I do if the long thingy gets caught in the loopy doodad, thus tangling up the whole thingamabob?

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Not sure how these are better than boots

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Going snowshoeing for the first time today, thanks for the tips! Excited to try it!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Going to do this

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Why can’t all instructional videos be this good

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    How do you get up after falling in a stream?

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    looks like BC. namely central interior…an hour or so outside of prince george… wanna say purden.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    cool video. I was snow shoeing at the top of a mountain the other day. There was a narrow packed trail, but off to the side it was very deep powder, and I realized I haven't seen any instructional videos on extracting myself from a fall in that sort of situation. Do you have any tips in addition to using the poles?

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Meanwhile the dog's a full-on expert with awesome technique

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    This was haspferl

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    This was the best intro. Informative, straightforward, well-illustrated. I appreciate you uploading.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    How do you keep from sliding downhill? I found myself slipping every step and ended up side stepping down each hill when others went down easily.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Looks like there's a lot more to it than I would have thought.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Nice video, thanks

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Snowbomb? That is a thing I've never heard of but makes shocking sense … Nice video!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Great info– am looking to get into the sport for next season. Been hearing about Faber for sometime; I look forward to buying my first pair from you.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Very helpful, thanks.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Seeing the Faber name, one I know as one of the few remaining and better makers of traditional wood framed, web filled shoes, I expected to see something about which style traditional shoe to use in what terrain/conditions. Instead you do some marketing for those trendy, pitifully undersized plastic things. No wonder you were sinking so far in that powder.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    I don't understand using showshoes in powdery snow. It ends up collecting on top of my shoe so now I'm lifting that additional weight. I also don't walk on top of the snow. I sink right down. It's like there's no point to using them in powder.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Thanks! Very helpful for a beginner!

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Thanks for the video. Very informative. 

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Thx for the video.

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Thx for the upload, 

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Snowshoeing is such a fun sport and a great wintertime pastime.  Don't stay inside all day, just because of a little snow!  Here are some tips and packing suggestions for taking the plunge into snowshoeing. goo.gl/uPeu80

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    Really good video. Thumbs up. You seemed dressed a little light, how warm was it that day?  o.o

    Also, with potential falls, widowmakers, etc., does anyone recommend showshoeing with a helmet on? Seems like it could save a life, particularly on those steep slopes, falling onto hard ice as opposed to soft snow, rocks just beneath the snow, or if there was falling ice or branches from tree limbs loaded with snow. 

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  • May 22, 2019 at 8:21 am
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    This helped a lot thank you I'm going snowshoeing on February 12 2014

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