Traction does more than just get you to the peak; it also makes coming back down safe and secure. Heel traction is the key to an easy descent, giving the weighted part of your snowshoes a solid hold in the snow. Here are a few useful tips for descending in snowshoes:
- Keep knees slightly bent and keep weight over your heels to maintain grip and control.
- Use poles to provide additional points of contact for an even easier descent.
- When using longer length snowshoes, take shorter strides to keep the longer tail of the snowshoe from levering on the snow as it makes contact.
- If your snowshoes start to slide in soft spring or summer snow, spread out your stance fore and aft and glide your way to the bottom. Enjoy the glide!
- Snowshoes with turned up tails will roll through the stride more comfortably.