How to Walk With Snow Shoes

How to Walk With Snow Shoes
Snow-shoeing is an excellent way to continue hiking in the winter. The same trails you enjoy during warmer months offer a completely different experience with the muting of snow in winter. Breakthroughs in modern materials make learning how to walk with snowshoes easier, but it can still be a challenge to get started.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Snowshoes
Step 1
Forget the way you normally walk. The only thing that stays the same is putting one foot in front of the other. Otherwise, your gait and stride will be completely different.
Step 2
Practice moving in your snow shoes. Strap your shoes on and simply get used to the weight and how they feel. You can do this in your own living room, on carpet, before you try going outside.
Step 3
Find your stride. Try walking on the snow for the first time. Be conscious of the fact that your stride will be shorter than it is when walking without snowshoes. Your stride will also be wider. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and plan to keep them that way as you walk. It will feel unusual at first, and it will work the outside of your thighs quite a bit.
Step 4
Walk slowly at first. Before you get the feel for walking in your snowshoes, you may at first feel like you are walking in slow motion. That is perfectly normal. Do not lean forward, but keep your body between your feet as you advance. Place the front foot down flat, as opposed to rolling from the heel as you would normally. Then swing the back leg forward and continue.
Step 5
Shake the snow from your shoes. In heavier or wetter snow, you may find that snow clings to your snowshoes. If this is the case, every time you pick the back foot up, give your ankle a slight shake to free the snow from it.

Article Written By Beau Prichard

Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.

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