We'll show you what you need to pay attention to when buying a snowshoe and give you important tips on snowshoeing, equipment and safety.

WHICH SIZE FITS ME?

Choosing the right snowshoe size doesn't seem easy at first glance. We will help you find the right size and what you need to pay attention to:

Size Chart

All NANUQ models are unisex. The length or size of the snowshoes depends primarily on your body weight , including the backpack and clothing you are wearing. Up to 110kg, a snowshoe size of 22", 56 centimeters is recommended, from 80-135kg a snowshoe size of 25", 64 centimeters and from 130kg a size of 30", 76 centimeters is recommended.

The size can also be chosen depending on the intended use : Large models are suitable for flat terrain and deep snow. On steep terrain and in firm, icy snow, we recommend shorter models as they are lighter and more maneuverable.

Your normal shoe size does not play a role when choosing the right snowshoe size. All models (except children's models) are suitable for shoe sizes 34 to 47. We differentiate between sizes 22", 56 centimeters and 25", 64 centimeters.

WHAT SHOES DO I NEED FOR SNOWSHOEING?

Now I have found the right snowshoe but what kind of shoes should I wear? The best “snowshoe shoes” to use are hiking boots. It is important that these are waterproof and ideally ankle height. Your feet need to stay dry and warm for several hours in the snow.

WHICH CLOTHES ARE SUITABLE FOR SNOWSHOEING?

With the right clothing, a snowshoe hike is a perfect winter experience. What should you pay attention to when choosing clothing so that you don't get cold and don't sweat at the same time.

  • Clothing: Snowshoeing is like hiking, only in the snow. For this reason, you should wear functional winter clothing if possible. The good old onion principle also applies when snowshoeing, i.e. several layers on top of each other so that you can add and remove layers of clothing as flexibly as possible depending on the weather. It's worth investing in breathable functional clothing.
  1. Jacket : A softshell jacket is suitable for movement-intensive, physically demanding tours in good or at least not extremely bad weather. A hardshell jacket is the perfect companion for extreme weather conditions such as storms, wind and cold.
  2. Insulated vest: Are the ideal companion on strenuous snowshoe tours. They're lightweight and keep you warm where it matters most. When taking breaks, insulating vests are the perfect source of warmth, as their wind-resistant woven fabrics provide good protection against wind and cold.
  3. Pants : Breathable and water-repellent softshell pants are ideal. Long underwear in colder temperatures.
  4. Functional shirt or long-sleeved shirt is best with a spare shirt if you sweat a lot
  5. Functional underwear
  6. Hiking socks (possibly insulating)
  7. Gloves waterproof and suitable for winter
  8. Hat or headband
  9. sunglasses
  10. Scarf/tube scarf

WHICH GADGETS WILL HELP ME WHEN HIKING IN THE SNOW?

  • Hiking/trekking poles: Adjustable poles are best as their length can be adjusted to suit both the hiker and the depth of the snow. It is important to have large winter plates at the end of the cane so that the cane does not sink too deeply.
  • Backpack: Common hiking backpacks are usually well suited for snowshoe tours. It's best to choose a backpack with a carrying system so you can attach your equipment for transport on paths with little snow or during your journey.
  • Gaiters: They prevent snow from getting into your shoes and thus offer protection from cold and wet conditions.
  • Emergency equipment : an avalanche transceiver (LVS) , avalanche probe and avalanche shovel are always standard equipment when snowshoeing. A charged cell phone (emergency number 112) and a first aid kit with a rescue blanket should always be with you in your backpack.

BEHAVIOR WHEN SNOWSHOEING

Most serious snowshoeing accidents occur due to avalanches. But everyone can easily avoid this risk. Signposted snowshoe routes are ideal for this: the operators protect the routes from avalanches. However, the paths are not prepared like winter hiking trails.

There is a danger of avalanches away from the secured routes. Knowledge of avalanche knowledge and sufficient experience are mandatory here. Many mountaineering and snow sports schools and clubs offer guided snowshoe hikes. You can receive additional training in an avalanche course. The Swiss Alpine Club SAC and the Swiss Mountain Guides Association SBV, for example, offer courses.

THE FIVE MOST IMPORTANT TIPS

  • Use signposted snowshoe routes
  • Plan enough time and don't overwhelm yourself
  • Find out about snow conditions and weather
  • Don't go snowshoeing alone
  • Drink, eat and rest regularly

HOW DO I PLAN A SNOWSHOE HIKE?

When snowshoeing, careful tour planning and the correct assessment of your own abilities are important. In particular, the following should be taken into account:

  • Choose a tour that suits your abilities. The SAC has a difficulty scale for this
  • Find out about the weather and conditions. The avalanche bulletin , the summit book or the map from MountainNow can help here
  • Don't go hiking alone
  • Rest regularly
  • Don't blindly follow other people's footsteps

WHAT DO I NEED FOR THE PERFECT SNOWSHOE HIKE

The perfect snowshoe hiking equipment includes:

  • Snowshoes
  • Stable, warm shoes & gaiters
  • Weatherproof, warm clothing
  • Sticks (height adjustable)
  • Snacks
  • Pocket pharmacy
  • Emergency blanket
  • Charged cell phone

Emergency equipment for avalanche accidents completes the packing list. These include: avalanche transceiver (LVS) , probe and shovel. The probe is a long rod. This allows you to search for people buried in the snow.