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

Blizzard Zero G 95

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Light and stiff tails, hold an edge like crazy. Only skied one day on them. So solid. Grip a solid surface at any speed. Would love to ski them on some pow. So light they are easy turn in tele or alpine. Full review

Garmont Voodoo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Love this boot for lift skiing on and off piste. I do 50% alpine and 50% telemark. I crank it tight when doing the tele and then loosen off the buckles for the alpine. Voodoo is stiff in all the right places. It handles a big ski (191 Faction 13). Only downside might be that it loosens up a bit as the day goes on. have to keep tightening up a notch. I love the fact that the clips lock in place when you loosen the buckles going up the lift. Love 'em! Great boot, did have it punched out where ankle… Full review

Giro Range MIPS

rated 4 of 5 stars The Giro Range MIPS helmet is a great option for a skier focused on in-bounds resort skiing who occasionally hits the skin track. MIPS technology provides an extra layer of assurance while the Conform Fit technology provides for a customized fit. Overview:  I tested the Range MIPS helmet by Giro while skiing in Northern New Hampshire during the winter of 2015-2016. There was not a lot of snow in the backcountry, but the resorts were able to make enough for this skier to get some time on the hill. … Full review

Hillsound FreeSteps6

rated 4.5 of 5 stars SO FAST to throw on my feet, and very quick to remove! I LOVE the Freesteps for light hiking, walking on icy streets, and even trail running! Full review

Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A great evolution on the airbag concept with terrific selection of features. So I got to take this pack out for a spin the other day on a Ski Mountaineering objective. It was a pretty short day and we didn't get into any terrain that we felt was particularly risky, so I never felt the need for its key feature. The pack is accurate to the rest of the BD M/L sizing. It's surprising comfortable, and breathable for a winter pack. I certainly found it rather enjoyable to wear. The bag is burly, and feels… Full review

Bern Baker

rated 5 of 5 stars Great lid for multi sport use. It's been on the bike trails, the ski trails, and the river with me. Love, love, love this helmet!! I bought it new and had it as my snow sport helmet to begin, but it quickly became my XC mtn bike helmet as well. I even used it  in whitewater kayaking! One more con about the helmet is that my son has taken it from me and won't give it back. LOL Full review

Marker Baron

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The baron is lightweight and easy to use. Responsive feel on the ski when in Alpine mode. I bought these for my wife on some fat K2 skis. This was her first season on them and so far she loves them. In alpine mode the binding responds nicely through turn initiation and feels true to an alpine binding. She had to get used to the mechanism to change from alpine to touring (and back), but now it's simple. She does like the 2two different heel lift settings for climbing. We're in the Adirondack Mtns. Full review