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

MSR Evo Ascent

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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. Used these over the years in the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF) in N.H. and once over a blizzard weekend on a winter backpacking trip on the Long Trail in Vermont. They work OK (sort of) as a second… Full review

Dynafit TLT Radical ST

rated 5 of 5 stars Very good bindings. Low price and good quality. Recommended 100%. Full review

Korkers Ice Cleats Extreme

rated 4.5 of 5 stars 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

Yaktrax Pro

rated 1 of 5 stars 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

rated 5 of 5 stars 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

Marker F10 Tour

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Light-ish frame style tour binding for the rest of us. My first tour bindings. I ski 80% in bounds so solid downhill performance is important to me and I also need to watch my weight because I also go on dawn patrol and up mountains on occasion. I had heard that these rattle, but saw none of that.  Marker makes several frame-style tour bindings and I was not ready to shell out the coin for bindings that release at 12 and weigh more than the skis they are attached to. Plus I don't need that much… Full review

Dalbello Sherpa 2/8 I.D.

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Where have these been all my life? These are my first brand new boots and the first I have bought online. I must admit I was worried about the fit but I was very impressed after they arrived. These are also my first touring boots. I own two other pairs of downhill-only boots. These were on super clearance. They may be discontinued. My skiing style: As the boots say, I am 80/20, meaning I ski 80% in the resort and 20% off-piste. I am a blue-black skier trying to become better at diamond runs. Rainier… Full review