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
Rossignol Men's BC X6
Very good light-medium-duty off-trail xcountry performance, poor lacing system. I have owned these boots for a few years, but only used them rigorously for one season. Although the performance is excellent for what they are designed to be (medium-duty off-trail xcountry) the very poor lacing system ruins this boot. This is the 5th Rossi nordic boot I have tried with this type of quick lacing/locking system and the 5th one that I hate. With older versions of this basic design I had trouble with releasing… Full review
Rottefella NNN BC Manual
Excellent off-trail xcountry binding. This setup is much more efficient at classic kick and glide than a 75mm binding. I would not choose the automatic binding if you plan on truly skiing off-trail. The auto bindings will ice up off-trail. The auto NNNBC bindings are probably fine for skiing on broken trails; such as snowmobile trails. I would recommend sizing up to the NNNBC Magnum binding, if your ski has a wide enough waist. The NNNBC Magnum will give you that much more stability; but it is… Full review
Rottefella NNN BC Magnum
Ultimate off-trail xcountry binding. When I say "xcountry" I specifically mean classic kick and glide skiing. This is without a doubt; the best off-trail stride and glide binding available: stable and efficient. This setup is much more efficient at classic kick and glide than a 75mm binding. Choose this binding over the automatic binding if you plan on truly skiing off-trail. The auto bindings will ice up off-trail. The auto NNNBC bindings are fine for skiing on broken trails; such as snowmobile… Full review
Alpina Alaska 75mm
Ultimate off-trail x-country boot. I have been an avid nordic skier for more than 30 years. My everyday skiing is off-trail x-country through rolling terrain (with the occasional steep climb and decent). Although I appreciate 75mm telemark equipment when I truly need it; I find it agonizingly inefficient compared to NNNBC for most of the skiing I do. Recently I have struggled to find the perfect boot. I have tried the Rossi BC line; like it; but not enough support. I have been using the Fischer… Full review
Fischer BCX 6
Boot materials and design are improving. I have owned this boot for a few years and loved the performance out of the box, but eventually had to abandon them. The older version of this boot (grey and black) has a serious design flaw. The flex point in the boot pinches and squeezes your foot (metatarsus). By the time I finally gave up on this boot my feet remained tender for a couple of weeks. The new model (brown) has an improved design and materials. Apparently (my close friend has a season on the… Full review
Versatile off-trail xcountry ski. This ski is identical to the Karhu XCD 10th Mountain. This ski is marketed as a hybrid between a telemark and a xcountry ski. Perhaps the best way to review this ski is by comparing it to its two siblings: the Madshus Eon (Karhu XCD GT) and the Madshus Annum (Karhu XCD Guide). First of all, from my perspective, all of these skis are designed to be first and foremost off-trail, classic kick and glide xcountry skis. Yes, they do have a progressive sidecut; they… Full review
Versatile and efficient off-trail xcountry. This ski is identical to the Karhu XCD GT. This ski comes in either a waxable base or a waxless base. I currently use the waxless base. These are well designed off-trail xcountry skis. I have skied several hundred kilometers on my current pair, with no problems. Although this ski is marketed as a hybrid between a telemark and a classic xcountry ski, it truly excels as an off-trail classic kick and glide ski. Yes, it does have a progressive sidecut; it… Full review