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
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
Dynafit TLT Radical ST
Very good bindings. Low price and good quality. Recommended 100%. Full review
Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme
Perfect for well packed or travelled snowy trails. I have been using these Korkers (or a version of them) for several years now. They are perfect for my needs. Which are: Long-lasting, I use them daily taking clients (and putting them in them) on a packed icy canyon trails. They're easy to put on and off and come in different sizes. The cleats can be easily replaced if they become dull or if you lose some on a cat walk. Can be left in a pack without worrying about other gear Darwin says you don't… Full review
Good idea, but only work under certain conditions. I bought a pair for simple winter trail walking. No pack..nothing crazy and these do not function well. The bottoms are grippy as expected and if you are walking on ice or frozen compacted ice like snow, they will function. Anything even sort of soft or add 1 inch of snow and the movement of the snow under foot builds up and acts like a bulldozer and pushes the rubber webbing off to the side, up over your toe or moves the whole thing out of its… Full review
Meindl Nordic 3-Pin Backcountry Leather Ski Boots
Telemarking is not dead and neither are these boots. Incredible value for money, these boots have lasted me over 30 years. Not much of my gear has done as well as these boots. But after 30 years I am ready for an upgrade. I bought these beautiful Meindl duckbill 3-pin or 75mm boots in the 1980s. They cost a lot of money back then. Pulled them out again this year for a short cross-country / back-country adventure and they still impressed. I never dreamed that they would last 30 (+) years, but they… Full review