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
Faber North Cliff
A good snowshoe aimed at the recreational market, but that is both reasonably priced and packed with features. It is also designed AND made in Canada. A very good option for someone wanting a trail snowshoe that can handle climbs, steep descents, and a bit of running in a variety of snow conditions, all in the same day. Ease of use: The bindings are easy enough to use and set (pull on the strap in front then in the back), but they are much more finicky than they would seem at first glance. The material… Full review
Louis Garneau Men's Blizzard II
The Louis Garneau Blizzard II snowshoe has excellent flotation and traction. Its BOA binding system is easy to use with gloves and cushions the whole front of your foot, with none of the pressure points common to straps. Even though we have next to no snow on the ground right now, I decided I was going to buy another pair of snowshoes (actually 2 pairs, I got a deal on the 2nd pair that I couldn't pass up) and put my faith in the fact that it HAS to snow more this winter. I received them last Friday,… Full review
Great for ice or any hard pack surface. Wear with any boot—hiking, pac boot, and even big, bulky Muck boots. From flat trail walking with your dogs to light mountaineering to ice fishing with your pals, the MICROspikes will NOT disappoint. Outperform other traction devices in the class not considered 10 point crampons. I've used on a variety of surfaces from packed snowmobile trails walking my dogs to Maine/New Hampshire mountains where there is often ice on the trails at different times throughout… Full review
L.L.Bean Snowshoe Bag
An excellent way to keep snowshoe crampons away from other gear and clothing. And a nice method of carrying snowshoes. Here is a good looking snowshoe carrying bag with two carrying straps—one for the hand, one for over the shoulder. It also has a Velcro strap at each end on the front side for carrying ski or trekking poles. Zips open in a big U. Measure's 10x36 inches and easily holds snowshoes 10 by 34...and is made of ripstop nylon. A bag like this is a nice way to keep snowshoe crampons from… Full review
Best all around traction device for icy and winter hikes. I bought myself a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes after moving to New Hampshire for school. There are many days where I find myself on hikes that require more than bare boots, but less than a full-on crampon. Most summits here are coated with rime ice/snow for a good portion of the year, even while the trails are free of snow. For these situations, I find having the Microspikes is not only helpful, but an essential safety tool in the mountains. Full review
British Military Surplus Snowshoes
Surplus, made for soldiers carrying gear, great for kids and inexpensive. I bought these last year in an inexpensive attempt to get my 11-year-old grandson into snowshoeing. He loves them. My grandson is just a typical kid, not big nor small, but is somewhat athletic as he isn't a couch potato. I first put them on him in the yard and said walk around. He easily was climbing snowbanks and getting around so I put my own shoes on, grabbed my pack and said, "Let's go across the street"...where I… Full review
Dynafit TLT Radical ST
With the Dynafit TLTs, my entire ski setup weighs less than my daughter's downhill skis, but I can bomb through crud with ease on a slope. In a word, these bindings are tough. I can climb all day, easier than climbing in snowshoes, and the pivot is perfect, it feels like a natural gait. These bindings are deceptively simple but so well designed that you will LOVE them. I started out Alpine Touring with Silvretta 500 bindings, and I liked them. I was reluctant to upgrade, but after researching Dynafit… Full review