Snowshoeing

Snowshoeing

Winter trips on snowshoes, with varying degrees of difficulty on and off established trails.

beginner snowshoeing

Easy - up to 500 ft elevation gain, up to 6 mi round trip. Open to all who are properly equipped.

basic snowshoeing

Easy+  - 500-2,000 ft elevation gain, 6-10 mi round trip. NO ice ax required. Minimal avalanche danger.

 

Intermediate snowshoeing

Moderate  - 500-2,000 ft elevation gain, 6-10 mi round trip. Ice ax required. Steeper terrain. Must be enrolled in or a graduate of Backcountry Snowshoe Skills, Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing.
Strenuous - 2,000+ ft elevation gain, more than 10 mi round trip. Ice ax required. Crampons may be required. Must be enrolled in or a graduate of Backcountry Snowshoe Skills, Alpine Scrambling or Basic Climbing.


It's important to have your winter weather clothing system dialed for snowshoe outings. Choose a trip with a mileage and elevation gain that suits your fitness and ability. Leaders often list pace by distance "speed" like 2.5 miles per hour or by elevation "speed" eg. 1000 feet per hour. Snowshoe trips often are far more strenuous than day hikes on the same route and often involve route-finding in avalanche terrain.

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