it was a little bit deep this year I haven't hit solid ground it's just kind of compressing in there underneath my weight but it is I would say its chest deep for sure because like I said I'm not at the bottom I can feel more depth down there I'm trying out something a little bit different today the guys over at Algonquin Outfitters in particular Nate Nate Muskoka and it's on Instagram if you want to check him out let me these all tastes Keys Alt alt skis 125 centimeter with skins on them they're meant for this kind of travel so I'm gonna try them out oh that's really deep snow and see how they perform I'm skeptical but I hear good things if these make sense for me I don't know if I'll get to the commercial pair like this or if I'm gonna make some I know I'm gonna make some eventually question is do I end up using these more than I use snowshoes in the meantime so let's try to say what I'm sure I'm going to never blooper reel by the end of this video so I haven't been on cross-country skis in years so I haven't even been downhill skiing and for over 10 maybe 15 20 years actually so this is gonna be this is gonna be interesting snow is so deep I probably should have found a pack down area to stand in to put these on first so I'm in town again today of course doing the whole Q thing yesterday and now the wife and I are o snowshoeing and catching up on some things and stopped by a a Gong Qin Outfitters and Nate set us up with these in this deep-powder even on a fairly steep incline I actually didn't slide at all because I had too much snow up to above my boot still yeah I think for me probably I would use them sometimes and in the right conditions but I think if it was icy out or the snow is packed or in this spring when it gets dense wet and you're riding completely on top I don't think I could control them I'm just too inexperienced with skiing now and you know going through the thick bush that I typically go through I think I'd be into a tree in no time so I think for that reason I'd probably stick to snowshoes in a lot of cases but these snowshoes back on to go out on this spot that Sun trampled yet to the Luminess tree and then cut it into the length that I need for the ridgepole but putting the snowshoes on reminds me why I don't think skis are really a great option for me I'm working in the bush more than I'm traveling now if I was to go on a long winter camping trip pulling a sled behind me or even wearing a backpack I think those little skis would work but the floatation is a little bit superior in this although I'm surprised how well those skis do keep me on top but maneuverability of course in the thicker bush working in spots like this trying to stand in one spot while I'm working on a piece of wood or a log and turning and stuff like that just wouldn't be practical with skis but like I said I see their usefulness and I think probably next year I'll end up with probably a homemade pair at a larger ash or something and I'll try that on some longer trips especially ice fishing I can see maybe how they'd be much more useful for ice fishing them than snowshoes so that's my opinion on those skis I think they're worth trying out if you're the type that you know likes to get out on weekends and explore and go across lakes and stuff like that instead of working in the bush and I think skis are probably a great idea we're trying out at least and for me I think for next year I said I'll probably use them for things like ice fishing so if you want to check that out this is not a sponsored video I haven't talked to the ski company at all Algonquin Outfitters I just happened to walk in there looking for something else and in neat tracked me down her saw me come in and offered just suggested I try those things out so if you are interested in trying out those skis and you're in the the Algonquin Park area Huntsville or I think they have a location maybe in Halliburton as well plus one oak by Algonquin Park itself but anyway in the Huntsville area I know for sure you can go in there and run right to skis or or snowshoes and I think they've got other winter camping equipment as well all right so that's it for this video hope you learned something like I did and I look forward to see you over the cabin next time take care

Snowshoes or Skis in Deep Snow?
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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Hello Shawn, first off I really enjoy watching your videos. I can relate so well to them as I am trying to do the same thing and am at the same time in my life where I can do such a thing. It is very inspiring to watch your videos. I don't usually comment on your videos as you probably have loads of them coming in but I had to let you know that if you are interested in making these skis you should watch a video entitled Happy People A year In the Taiga. It is not a how to video but you can get some good idea on how to make them. It is a documentary on trappers in Siberia. Just wanted to let you know. Kind regards.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Those skis have their function but better fit for your purge list.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    A neve cobre os bosques de Long Cabin e James sabe de passeio com Cali. Eles afundam na quantidade de neve no solo e apesar das dificuldades ele se equipa bem.
    Cali acompanha saltando e afundando porém a felicidade dele é admirável.
    Não estou sendo nada fácil para James e se vê obrigado a tirar o equipo de 🎿 que não permite avançar.
    A cauda de Cali balança de alegria pois adora sair de passeio principalmente se tem neve pra ele brincar e rolar.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Look into traditional skis used in Scandinavia, they would be much more useful for your purposes, they are wide as heck and unwieldy for modern skiing but much better suited for bushy unbroken powder. And yeah, more for travel than going a hundred yards.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    As with everything, choosing cross country skis or snow shoes, it is application dependent. For travelling over open flat terrain, I'd consider cross country skis. For work in the bush and tight confined areas, bear paw snow shoes is my first choice.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    There's a reason people in the ski touring world call snow shoes 'Misery Slippers'

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Wanted to see the snowshoes in the same deep snow. I'd think you'd get caught up just as bad?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Why dont you try some propper skies for this conditions, and not those planks?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    If skis were more practical than snowshoes, the natives would have been skiing.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Funny Cali tail justa shwinging. Shawn talking …🐕💬 who is talking too !!! then she snap"s twigs, off she goes, wagging 😊

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Next time try the ATLI HOK ski in the longer 145cm length. The bindings are mounted forward of center and make travel in the deep stuff much easier. The best part is being second one down the trail as Cali seemed to know.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Martin at thenorthwoodsman1 also uses a similar pair in Northern Minnesota. But he also uses snowshoes at times. I've had the narrow cross-country skis, but never used/tried them in deep, deep snow. That was 30 years ago, time has passed me by! It was fun to watch you trying to use them, though! Stay safe, don't drown or suffocate in that deep snow!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Be careful out there…

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Please excuse me but I laughed out loud when you first started out and Cali was plowing through the snow trying to go with you!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Despite her best efforts at holding it in, Mrs. James was laughing at your attempt to use the skis in the deep powder just as we were.

    It appears that for the trekking you do and this years snow conditions that your snowshoes are the better option, but at the same time I think your snowshoes would be better than a set of modern aluminum or titanium snowshoes for breaking trails like you often are doing.

    It’ll be cool to see you make your own skis when the time comes.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Seems like those skis could have an application where the terrain is flatter and the snow not quite so deep. They seem to be difficult to extract with each step. I have a pair of 10X36 Iverson Green Mountain modified bearpaw snowshoes that would be better suited, but even they are cumbersome because you still have to extract the whole shoe with each step …. but you are not sinking in as much either. You will get a good workout though … if that is your goal. Your best bet in that deep deep snow (if we are talking snowshoes) would be some long (12X46) types with a narrow tail. They can handle approx 240 LBs which can come in handy if you are carrying a pack etc From what I can see … they are a little costly …. but most good snowshoes/skis are. The downside with long snow shoes and skis in wooded areas is the turning. You can do a kick turn with skis, but not in deep snow. Just some babbling here …. take it for what it's worth ~8^)

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    I've been skiing since a kid and I use them in deep snow and in rough forest terrain. Those tennis racket style snow shoes US/CAN folks use seem extremely cumbersome and impractical in those circumstances. Check out Lars of Survival Russia, he uses a wide style Siberian hunter ski which he even uses while working etc. Skiing takes time to learn so use your trademark patience and you will prevail. Also congratulations on your Sauna build.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    when's the next winter Olympics..lol.you will need to practice a bit more…

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    You must have a new camera sure it is not the first time you been asked this. It really pulls every thing out crisp vivid and clear Nice!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    I have a woodlot in the Laurentians north of Montreal with a small cabin 2km back from where I park. I use a mix of back country skis with skins (like the Hok style skis you're using in this video) and snow shoes. For covering ground the skis are more efficient because you don't have to lift your feet to move forwards, you simply push and slide forwards. My typical setup is to get in and out of the bush on skis while pulling a sled with my gear, including my snow shoes. Once in the bush I'll switch to snowshoes for working, especially anything involving trees. Each piece of kit has its use!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Shawn, Wow! Such intense winter scenery in this short film. Really beautiful. Totally ignored what you were saying. Too busy looking at the background and its piercing blues, like Antartica. Today it's dull, damp and grey here, 5.5c at 0832. Just about to go to work for a couple of hours, so this was a great watch. Thanks. Regards Stephen.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Your Snowshoes seem much more practical, for your main purposes, Shawn, I'd stick with them, in your situation. It was nice of him to let you try them out though.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    I wish I would need skis like this. But nope! In my country, even though this year is very rich with the snow comparing to previous 4-5 years, the snow is only 1 foot deep. Nothing like it was in my childhood. ENJOY !!!!!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Was fun seeing you last night on Russ booxefest. Thanks for video Shawn.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Very informative

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Haha at least I don’t have that much snow.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Hi Shawn, I also have wooden snowshoes, same as yours; how do you maintain yours? Thanks 🙂

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Snoeshows or skis? Why dont you try my way…if we get tons of snow….

    I choose the sofa and stay home 😅

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Uh, don't go in the snow. Problem solved

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    If you try it again try some longer ones for the deep snow conditions. most people i know with them use a stiff mountaineering type boot to get the best control over the ski edges

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Good Lord that snow is deep!
    Poor Callie is up to her neck.😀😀😀🐶🐶🐶

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Free style skies is your best bet. The wider the better

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  • June 1, 2019 at 3:21 am
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    Wow… can’t even imagine snow that deep…

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