A Guide to Winter Snowshoeing

A guide to winter snowshoeing, a relaxing winter activity, including exercise, snowshoe styles, forms and function, technique, clothing and accessories.



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The earliest specialized snow-going footwear was probably crafted around 6,000 years ago in Central Asia—a solid wood platform with a crude binding that was neither snowshoe nor ski, but a primitive forerunner of both.
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Snowshoe illustration: Maine or Michigan (Algonquin, Huron, Beavertail).
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Snowshoe illustration: Bearpaw.
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Snowshoe illustration: Alaskan (Yukon, Trail, Pickerel).
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Photo of different types of snowshoes.
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Snowshoe illustration: H binding.
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Snowshoe illustration: Modified Bearpaw (Green Mountain, Otter).
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Snowshoe illustration: K binding.
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Snowshoe illustration: Improved H binding.
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Snowshoe illustration: Western binding.
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Snowshoe illustration: Snow spider by Vermont Tubbs.
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