Skis and Snowshoes

When the snow falls, it’s time to strap on skis, snowboards, and snowshoes for your winter backcountry adventures. Whether you’re looking for an AT, Tele, or Nordic ski setup; a splitboard; snowshoes to run or hike in, or crampons and traction for icy hikes, we’ll help you find the right winter gear and accessories like poles, skins, and helmets to keep you moving all winter long.

Regardless of how you travel, don’t forget the avalanche safety class, along with your beacon, probe, and shovel.

See our top ski, ride, and snowshoe gear picks in any product category below. Or browse independent equipment reviews and ratings by real skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers, and winter hikers to select appropriate, dependable, field-tested gear for your next snow trek.

Recent Ski/Snowshoe Product Reviews

Fischer Spider 62

rated 5 of 5 stars If you're looking for an excellent set of XC skis, I recommend the Fischer Spider 62's. These skis can be used on groomed XC trails and especially off-trails. The full metal edge will give you the grip you need while in the backcountry trails, indeed. Well, here goes, my review of my Fischer Spiders XC skis. I recently picked them up at REI Outfitters in Troy, Michigan. As a matter of fact, I picked them up the day after Michigan was dumped on by the first major snowfall in 2017! When I walked into… Full review

Alpina Women's BC 1550

rated 1 of 5 stars Exactly the same problem as another reviewer—blisters on big toes. There is a group of four of us that all have these boots and we all have this problem. I wouldn’t recommend these boots. Not only do I have blisters on my big toes but the backs of the boots rub on my heels causing terrible blisters. My friend got the red coloured ones and she says that they are much better. Full review

Fischer Spider 62

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent skis for track or light back-country. I've been xc skiing since I was a kid growing up in Michigan—50 years! I love these skis. With full metal edges, they are perfect for skiing on snowmobile tracks or in light powder. They have a nice side cut for easy turning, and are slender enough to use in classic tracks on the golf course as well. I can even skate with them! I let a friend who is fairly new to xc skiing use them once, and she immediately bought a pair. Same thing for my sister. Full review

Rossignol BC 65

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Very good all purpose skis that will work back country and in track. I've had these for like eight years and use them four or five times a year. We like to hit some trails about 10 miles from the house and Yellowstone Cooke City area mostly. These work well in powder out in Yellowstone or in track when we have been there. Good skis, can't go wrong. Full review

Louis Garneau Men's White Everest

rated 5 of 5 stars I call these the Subaru of Snowshoes. They are light, great traction, flotation, and ease of use because of the Boa system. We have been snowshoeing for 20 years using various ones ranging from cheapos to Redfeathers to Atlas. We have three other pairs of older hypalon/aluminum tech. We have had these now for like four years when I saw them first advertised and found a deal on Amazon. She has the White and I have the Black. The white and black ones are identical except for color. I see they now… Full review

Atlas 12 Series

rated 1 of 5 stars Bindings fell apart after only about 10 uses. Bindings fell apart after only about 10 uses. Atlas will not honor warranty as I did not save my original receipt. Hey... sorry Atlas... people do not hang onto the receipt for every little thing they buy in life. I am sure that you use this as a "gate" to deny warranty claims. Paid a premium price for Atlas rather than buy some Atlas knockoffs at a fraction of the price of Atlas. Never again. I am down on Atlas. Buy some knockoffs for $49 and if they… Full review

Northern Lites Backcountry

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Northern Lites still offers the Backcountry for $240. I've had mine for years, and agree they are one of the lightest and easiest to use in the backcountry. The only model that's better for bantam weight folks is their Elite (8x25) if and only if you are under 175 lbs with a backpack! For more aggressive slopes, I'd love a pair of their Predator series, which replaces their aluminum cleats with steel in more places. But the overall Northern Lites build is the same...much lighter frame than other… Full review