Introduction: Snowshoeing - Fun and Inexpensive for All Ages

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Snowshoeing is for people of all ages. You will need snow, snowshoes and a positive attitude. Ski poles are optional.

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There are three types of snowshoes pictured and all work well. The original wood and cat gut snowshoes are pictured on the right, then Tubbs snowshoes in the middle, and hard plastic snowshoes on the left. Optional ski poles are pictured in the foreground.

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The first thing you need to do is insert your foot all the way into the binding.

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Then connect the strap over the foot and cinch the strap around the back of your foot.

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Do the same with the other snowshoe.

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To walk in snowshoes just move one foot in front of the other naturally. If you're using ski poles, they should be moving opposite your feet. For instance, your right foot would be forward and your left arm would be forward. Your left foot would be backward and your right arm would be backward.

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Be sure to lift the toe of your snowshoe up while walking so as not to trip. As you can see when you're walking, the toe of the snowshoe is up and the back drops to the ground. The heel is free from the snowshoe, while the toe is flat against the snowshoe. Enjoy!

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Please comment! This is an assignment in Pedagogy II at Marlboro College Graduate Center's Teaching with Technology Master's Program ( as part of a unit on what makes instructional technology attractive to online users.


Lizz12 (author)2009-12-05

Are you sure you should move your arms with your legs? In the picture he's moving the opposite arm, which is how you move your arms when cross country skiing and when walking normally.

cjarvis0827 (author)Lizz122010-04-06

Whoops!  I changed it.  Thanks for picking up my error.

alancasey (author)2009-01-22

Nice job. It would be great to know how much the equipment costs, which type would work best for someone trying for the first time, etc. Also, it would be fun to reach out an collaborate with someone in this community to come up with an instructible for home-made snowshoes.

scooper38 (author)2009-01-20

A super job, Cindy. Clear and easy steps to follow for a wonderful outdoor sport with a cost of snowshoes only! The wonderful woods, trails are free to most, thank goodness!

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