How to Dress for Snowshoeing


With quick-changing weather, dressing in layers is the safest, most comfortable way to enjoy the outdoors in winter. This gives you the ability to add or remove layers in response to changing conditions.

Keep in mind that dressing for outdoor activities is much different than dressing for home. When you are recreating outdoors your clothes should allow you to move freely and comfortably. If you get sweaty climbing uphill, your clothing should wick the moisture away from your body to keep you dry. Wool, silk and synthetic materials (such as polypropylene) are the best to use for the outdoors. Cotton absorbs moisture from your body and dries slowly.

Beyond base layer, mid layer and outwear, be sure to bring the following gear and accessories to ensure warmth, comfort and preparedness for any adventure.

Use this list as a guideline for preparing for your snowshoeing adventure:

Base Layer:

  • Midweight long underwear top
  • Midweight long underwear bottoms
  • Synthetic briefs
  • Synthetic sports bra
  • Wool or synthetic socks

Insulation Layer:

  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Fleece pants

Outer Layer:

  • Waterproof/breathable shell jacket or insulated parka
  • Waterproof/breathable pants