There is so much to enjoy when it comes to snowshoeing. However, as with any activity, there are a few rules—in this case, trail etiquette—that you should always keep in mind. Some apply to the people who snowshoe, while others are for those whom we share our surroundings with. Here are a few tips on how to be polite on your next snowshoe hike, so the trail is in good condition for everyone who want to enjoy it.
Give people going uphill the right of way
If you have ever been snowshoeing uphill, you know that it takes a lot more energy and work. That is why you should always yield to those going up the hill. If the person snowshoeing up the hill decides that you have provided them with the perfect opportunity to take a break, then you can go ahead and pass. Don't try to make them take the right of way if they don't want to, but leave it up to them if they want to keep going or take a break.
Say hello to people who are passing by
When you see others that are enjoying the snow trails, you should always say hello so they know you are there. Not only is this a good rule of thumb to alert others of your position, it is just polite! Plus, you never know when you are going to make a new acquaintance that can give you some great advice and share some cool places to go hiking.
Don't walk on groomed ski trails
When you come up on a groomed ski trail, be sure you stay to the side and leave the trail as it is. You can create your own trail further along the edge if there isn't already one there. Basically, if you take your snowshoes on a groomed ski trail, you are going to compromise the trail that is meant for skiers to enjoy. You won't gain anything by tearing up a groomed ski trail, with the exception of the new grudges held against you by skiers!
Wear the right gear
There are some people who have never hiked in the winter before, and often they'll just take out the poles and start walking waste deep in the snow. However, if you're going to start winter hiking, then you'll want to purchase the right gear and that includes a pair of snowshoes. This keeps the ground smooth from deep trenches that happen behind you and can cause others great difficulties when walking in their snowshoes. Plus, once you buy your first pair of snowshoes, you'll wonder what you were thinking not using them before! Crescent Moons foam snowshoes are the perfect pair for everyone from the first timer to the seasoned veteran snowshoe expert.
Ask if you're unsure
If you're not sure of the proper trail etiquette for snowshoeing, don't hesitate to contact us at Crescent Moon. We understand that when you are new to the sport, or even if you have been doing it for some time, there may be a few things that you don't understand about winter hiking in snowshoes. We always welcome your calls and would love to help you in any way we can!