“If you can walk, you can snowshoe,” as the saying goes. Walking with snowshoes strapped to your feet might feel a bit awkward at first, but with a little practice, you’ll be a pro in no time. Here are some tips to help you learn how to walk in snowshoes.
1. Start on flat ground.
The easiest way to learn how to snowshoe is to start on flat ground where the snow is not too deep. As long as your snowshoes fit properly (including width, length, and how they attach to your boots), you should be able to walk with your normal gait, although your stance may be slightly wider. Practice on flat ground until you feel comfortable. Then move on to other terrain or maneuvers.
2. Use poles for balance.
Snowshoeing poles help you keep your balance and avoid falls. They also help you get back on your feet in case you do fall. Place your hand through the strap and then grab the pole to avoid dropping the poles.
3. Practice going uphill.
The crampons on the bottom of your snowshoes are designed to give you more traction in icy areas or when going up and down hills. To climb up a hill, dig your toe crampon into the hillside with each step. For powdery snow, you can kick the snow first to find a solid foothold; then dig in your crampon for traction.
4. Practice going downhill.
Use your crampons for traction going downhill as well. Keep your knees bent and your weight slightly back to keep from going too fast down the hill. Take small steps and keep your foot low to the ground with each step to avoid letting the snowshoe swing out. For hills that are too steep to climb straight down, use a side step to traverse the side of the hill.
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