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
Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats
The Vargo Pocket Cleats are a front foot traction option for light hiking and running. I found that they are best for trail running on level terrain or for those interested in a lightweight backup traction device. I had the opportunity to test the Vargo Pocket cleats on the back roads and trails of the White Mountain region of New Hampshire. I found them to be well made and an innovative use of titanium. However, they were not well suited for all applications I tested them in. Ease of Use: The design… Full review
A great little shoe in firm snow, not just for kids. These shoes are sold as youth snowshoes, but they perform very nicely for adults looking for light shoes in firm snow conditions (think spring in the Rockies). MSR lists these shoes as fitting youth up to 125 lbs and up to a Men's size 7. I took a bit of a gamble and ordered up pair as I was looking for a lightweight shoe (but still wanted good traction) for spring trips where you often carry your snowshoes more than wear them, but when you need… Full review
MSR Women's Revo Ascent
MSR has created a good all-around 'shoe which uses spans from a beginner to a serious snowshoer. Its flex, fit, grip, and heel lift bar create a solid product for those who want a tough, wide ranged product. This 'shoe works really well in a casual capacity, but is easily capable of handling hilly terrain or a serious excursion of a more dynamic trip. These shoes are an excellent choice for the novitiate who wants to grow to for the more experienced outdoor adventurer who needs a reliable, sturdy,… Full review
Fischer BCX 6
Nicely-made, burly construction with best-of-class NNN-BC torsional rigidity and ankle support. But made for big feet and ankles only, and the four steps involved in putting these on and taking them off could get tiring (and difficult to do on-trail). These are the nicest-made and burliest "new school" NNN-BC boots I've seen. They have great torsional rigidity and the exoskeleton actually provides superior ankle support (vs. the burly all-leather Alpina Alaska), which I can't say is the case for… Full review
Atomic Skintec Classic
A very simple, functional product. Atomic has nailed it here. Great kick, good glide, and no maintenance! Not a lot to say — they do what the manufactures says they do. Plain and simple. Full review
Yukon Charlie's Men's Trail Series 825
Broke apart in less than 10 short hikes...CRAP. Used them less than 10 times and the plastic broke and the entire foot piece came out still attached to my foot. Cheap construction...going to attempt fixing them, but would never buy another pair. Even some of the plastic on the decking cracked and broke off. Full review
Yaktrax XTR Extreme
I have to agree with several of the poorer reviews regarding this product. Not having a chain joining the two traction plates allowed them to move around causing the traction spikes to line up incorrectly on the foot. This constant movement of the plates also causes excess strain on the link that joins the chains to the rubber/grommet causing some of those links to start opening up. I bought these a few weeks ago to take along while snowshoeing so when trail conditions warranted, I could use these… Full review