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

Bigfoot Snowshoes ADV Adventure

rated 5 of 5 stars Terrific customer service. Quick delivery! I ordered this set three days ago, and they showed up yesterday! I had one part of my pole that didn't lock properly, so I emailed the company, and within minutes I was emailed back about how to just tighten a screw to fix my problem. Well, I haven't got to use them yet, due to lack of snow. But so far my hubby and I are in love! Built really sturdy, and there were certainly no corners cut! All rivets are tight and the quality of the material is very good. Full review

Kako IceTrekkers Diamond Grip

rated 3 of 5 stars These work great on ice and I don't know how I got along without them for walking the dog before two winters ago. They have a "limited slip" character. For the money they should have lasted longer than two years. Last year, the third year, the cables rusted out and I kept losing the beads before I could make temporary repairs. The rubber part exceeded my expectations by lasting longer than the steel and snuggly keeping the Trekkers in place.  Full review

Yaktrax Pro

rated 2 of 5 stars They work for light duty or maybe packed trails. I've had two pairs. Hiking where snow was deep, then shallow, then deep, etc, I lost one. I called the company and they sent me another pair! [I had to return the one I had first]. I found one on a trail and then lost one of mine again! They slip off a big boot. I gave the remaining pair away. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to use them around town and they do slip on easy, but I wouldn't use them in the outdoors again and they aren't the only brand… Full review

Scarpa Terminator X

rated 2 of 5 stars Have had to replace the boot twice as the bellows cracked within one season of skiing. Would avoid this boot for that reason. Comfortable, relatively soft NTN boot. Used for backcountry, resort skiing, and teleboard work. Fine except both bellows cracked within one season. Scarpa graciously replaced the boots, but the second pair also cracked in one season. I am not a burly skier (165 lbs) and have never before had a bellows fail. Would not recommend. Full review

Atomic Blog

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Lovely skis! Really like them!! Sadly I need to buy new skis this year, but will definitely buy Atomic skis! I love skiing. Full review

Vargo Titanium Pocket Cleats

rated 3.5 of 5 stars 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

MSR Shift

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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