Mie J. Damgaard Snowshoes May 21st, 2018 - 15:02:08
Choosing a snowshoe takes a little bit of know-how so Im going to let you know what to look for when buying your first pair. By the way its a good idea to maybe rent some snowshoes first just to make sure this is going to be a good fit for you. To pick the best snowshoe figure out what type of snow you will be hiking on. Is it hard pack on a groomed trail such as a cross-country ski area? You dont need long snowshoes if youre trekking on groomed trails. Most of the time a 22" will do. You do want good traction so choosing a shoe with the metal crampons on them is important. A good shoe for this is MSR Lightning Ascents. They have the steel teeth around the perimeter of the snowshoe. Will you be going off trail into some deep powder? If so you will to select a longer snowshoe. Many times you need to know what the max height and weight load is for a snowshoe and that can be found fairly easily with a little research. Many brands of snowshoes will offer a "tail" as an optional purchase to give you more flotation in deep powder. No need to hibernate during the winter months any longer. Many people can and do get out and enjoy winter to its fullest and now armed with this knowledge you can be out there and enjoy mother nature too on your snowshoes.
2. Johnston Canyon/ Ink Pots Located in Banff National Park off of the Bow Valley Parkway. This is a very popular hike through a lovely canyon. There are two notable waterfalls the Lower and Upper Falls. Upper Falls is a good place to watch ice climbers in winter. From the Upper Falls it is about a 3 km hike through the forest to the Ink Pots. These inky blue pools of mineral water remain at a constant temperature of 4C all year. 3. Cascade Amphitheatre Also located in Banff National Park this trail is accessed from the Mt. Norquay Ski area. The hike is a bit long and quite strenuous for a snowshoe trip. It climbs a lot through pine forests and eventually ends up in a beautiful amphitheatre at the north end of Cascade Mountain.
Mountaineer Style Mountaineer style snowshoes are built much tougher and heavier than say running style snowshoes. This is for added traction and stability on steep and icy hills. They typically include larger crampons to achieve this added traction. The binding will also be able to accommodate larger shoes including climbing shoes and boots. Extra heavy duty material is used to create mountaineer style snowshoes for better performance during different types of weather situations and various types of terrain. This also makes mountaineer style snowshoes the best choice for walking in deeper snow. Mountaineering snowshoes are the right choice for any serious snowshoeing enthusiast.
Snowshoeing has become quite a popular pastime for many in the Canadian Rockies. First of all the equipment is minimal you need a pair of snowshoes. It is also a lot easier to learn than cross country skiing and for sure costs a lot less than downhill skiing. Now for the list. My wife and I along with members of our hiking club The Rocky Mountain Ramblers have personally hiked these trails many times. 1. Paradise Valley This is a beautiful hike in the Lake Louise and Moraine Lake area of Banff National Park. There is little elevation gain on this hike and beautiful views of towering Mt. Temple and surrounding peaks. Most people will go as far as the second bridge and then turn around but if conditions allow (avalanche) you can carry on to Lake Annette.