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How to Prepare to Go Snowshoeing

Feb 22, 2024 | Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing is a popular winter sport and can be a great activity to do solo or with a group! Although you’ll need to make sure you are prepared before you head off on your adventure. Whether you’re going one mile or a hundred miles, don’t get caught out in the cold without our top tips on what to pack and how to prepare for a snowshoeing adventure.

What to Wear to Go Snowshoeing
The most important part of any winter activity is dressing appropriately and wearing layers. Snowshoeing is a physical activity, so you must walk the fine line between being cold and cozy. We suggest wearing breathable, moisture wicking base layers that stay dry through activity. On top of those base layers, we recommend a nice fleece top, followed by a waterproof outer layer that is specifically built for snow. Snowshoeing differs from skiing and snowboarding, because you can wear any winter boots you are comfortable in. Kamik makes a variety of winter boots that are weatherproof and sure to keep your feet warm and dry on your trek. As for accessories, we suggest packing a day pack that has all of the essentials. Patagonia’s Refugio 28L Backpack, for example, is large enough to fit extra layers of clothing, food, water, and other must-haves like snow shovels, flashlights, matches, and more.

Protect Against the Sun
The sun never takes time off, even in the winter, so use proper sun protection while you are out snowshoeing. Proper sunscreen is essential for any bits of skin exposed to the sun. Snow reflects light, making the sun harsher on your eyes so opt for a pair of sunglasses while you’re out in the woods. Costa’s Fantail Polarized Sunglasses are an excellent option for both the water and the snow.

Don’t Forget Snowshoeing Poles
Since snowshoeing does not require as much equipment as skiing or snowboarding, the biggest pieces of equipment you’ll need are the snowshoes themselves. Although many associate poles with skiing or hiking, they are also popular amongst snowshoers! If you are crossing over a relatively flat region, you may not need the poles, but if you are traversing uneven trails, you will likely want them to help stabilize your steps to prevent injury. Selecting poles that are adjustable will allow you to accommodate different grades and terrains for further protection and comfort.

Safety First
Just like any other winter activity, there is the inherent risk of extreme exposure to cold weather with snowshoeing. Before you head out on your trek, make sure you are prepared to spend hours in the cold and are aware of your surroundings. Always conduct a visual check of your equipment and ensure your snowshoes, bindings, and poles are in working condition. Keep an eye on the weather and stay aware of any potential changes in conditions in the area you will be snowshoeing in. Carry a physical map of the area to ensure you can always access it, especially in areas where your phone may not work. Finally, make sure you are familiar with the trails you are following, as well as landmarks that can help you find your way in the snow.

Enjoy the Views
Now that you know everything you need for a successful day snowshoeing, you can head out with confidence! Need some new gear before your next trek? Stop by Benson Ski & Sport to either purchase or rent your snowshoeing equipment. We’ve got equipment for the whole family.

About Benson Ski & Sport
Benson Ski & Sport is committed to embracing an active lifestyle. Seller of winter and summer sports equipment including skis, snowboards, boots, helmets, kayaks, paddleboards, and more. In an effort to be your one-stop-shop for all things ski and sport, we also offer boots fitting services to ensure you have your perfect fit on the slopes. Don’t want to make the investment in equipment yet? Check out our rental and lease programs – there’s something for everyone. Visit our website at bensonskiandsport.com or check out our full stock at our store in Derry, New Hampshire.