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
no better traction device made short of full crampons This is my fourth winter season with the same microspikes and are now approaching 2000 miles of trail running. I get some great stares from folks slipping and sliding along the trails as I run by at full tilt :) I've never had them come off. They easily pull on and off. The only maintenance I do is touch them up with a file about twice each winter. In addition to trail running they go in pack early season hiking when there is a good chance… Full review
Good device in between a Yaktrak and mountaineering crampon. I used a pair of the very inexpensive YakTrax exactly one time and decided to find something more substantial after the YakTrax kept getting dislodged from my boots while hiking relatively tame trails. In my search for a better traction device, but not a full-on crampon, I found the Kahtoola Microspikes. I've used a set of Microspikes now for around three years. Lots of rough, steep, rocky, icy and snowy off-trail stuff here in the foothills… Full review
Pieps DSP Sport
This beacon worked amazing for my first few tests and practices. Intuitive arrows, large screen, the beacon itself feels manufactured of high grade plastic. In my fourth practice session the safety leash broke out of the housing. This is a serious safety concern. A lost beacon could result in a lost life. Full review
Alpina Men's T10
Good quality and insulation with decent ankle support. I have been using this boot for classic Nordic skiing during the last 6 years. I wanted to try the sport and found this boots to be a good deal with a set of used skis and I have been hooked since then. This is a well made entry level boot with a good amount of insulation and sturdy sidewalls to protect your feet against packed/ice snow that can rub against your feet. I have used them in groom tracks and in open country and they always perform… Full review
Alpina Men's BC 1550
Good while they lasted. I bought these as part of a package with some Atomic Sierra skis. After about six medium length (e.g. 6-10 mile) trips, the toe boxes collapsed, causing an unbearable rubbing across the tops of all of my toes and causing severe pain and blisters. They still look almost like new, but are now unwearable. Full review
Redfeather Guide Series
The Redfeather Guide snowshoes are great for packing in huge loads in moderate terrain. They are good for pulling sleds long distances through powder. I use these snowshoes only rarely. 36 inch Redfeather guide snowshoe with NEOS and Merrell boots inside 30-inch 2013 modelGeneral Deep snow big load transport snowshoes, great for hauling big loads to base camp Description I think Redfeather is discontinuing these, at least as of October 2016. They are not listed on the company website. I found one… Full review
MSR Evo Ascent
Indestructible white plastic snowshoes that have good gripping and are easy to put on with mittens and are great for off-trail use. Easy to put on and take off without taking off your mittens. These are the best snowshoes for off trail use — map and compass stuff — work well in the forest. These MSR EVO ASCENT snowshoes have three binding straps and televators. The trail EVO models have two binding straps and no televators. Great for beginning but not good for large steep hills and mountains. Full review