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Snowshoe Basics.

Snowshoe adventure with Bächli Mountain Sports

Every beginning is easy! Modern snowshoes, telescopic poles, the right clothing, the ideal tour found on the Internet, and off you go! Bächli Mountain Sports shows what matters when it comes to equipment.

Snowshoes for young and old

Snowshoes are the oldest means of transport in winter. On snowshoes you are able to fully enjoy the winter scenery. Unlike ski touring, there is no need for a hilly landscape. This makes it an ideal activity for families and children who like to search for trails in winter.

Not all snowshoes are alike

Just as with alpine skiing, where you choose between a slalom carver, a giant slalom or a freeride ski, also snowshoes offer different models for every requirement and purpose. 'Flat country' snowshoes usually have quick-release bindings, do without integrated crampons and cost a little less. If you want to reach more challenging summits, you should choose alpine snowshoes with highly developed bindings, torsion-resistant frames, aggressive crampons and effective climbing aids.

As for ski tours, the same applies for snowshoeing: large deep snow baskets for your poles! This reduces the risk to sink into the baseless snow as you would with tiny alpine baskets. They will give you more power on the ascent and more safety on the descent.

Despite the pleasure of a winterly atmosphere, you have to be aware of danger. When moving from the local winter forest up to Alpine terrain, personal safety equipment including an avalanche transceiver, an avalanche probe and a shovel is essential. Equally required are the knowledge and the routine in how to use those tools. The best way to get familiar with them is an avalanche instruction (e.g. offered by Bächli on Tour and bergpunkt).