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footgear enabling the wearer to walk on soft snow without sinking. A snowshoe consists of a light frame of tough wood or aluminum, roughly the shape of a large tennis racket, which is strung with caribou skin or other material and is attached to the shoe in back of a central crossbar in the frame. A primitive form of snowshoe is that used by the Eskimo and Native North Americans, but the designs differ considerably. The Eskimo use one shape that is triangular, about 18 in. (46 cm) in length, and another that is nearly circular. The Cree, farther south, use a long narrow hunting shoe, about 6 ft (2 m) in length; in open country and for speed this type is the most suitable. The toes are slightly turned up to prevent catching if there is a crust on the snow. The shoes worn by lumbermen are about 3.5 ft (1 m) long and proportionately broad, while a tracker's shoe is at least 5 ft (1.5 m) long and very narrow. Manufactured snowshoes are often made with the moccasin attached. Snowshoe races are now popular at winter carnivals, and the sport is governed in the United States and Canada by the International Snow-Shoe Congress.
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Major organization : SNOWSHOE SPRINGS ASSOCIATION AND MUTUAL BENEFIT WATER COMPANY
The length of snowshoes depend upon how much the user weights--the heavier, the longer the snowshoe.
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On a cold winter day, a snowshoe hare hops through a Montana forest.
Snowshoes were the first piece of equipment people used in alpine climates to walk safely.
For snowshoe hares, predation has been identified as the key limiting factor, with food showing only limited, indirect effects (Krebs, 2011).
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Cross country rental packages include skis, boots and poles, $15 for the first day and $5 for each additional day for adults; snowshoe rentals are $7 the first day and $5 for each additional day, with a $200 deposit.
So if you're going to snowshoe and don't mind learning a whole new way to walk, stay far away from deer tracks and deer beds.
The first snowshoe tour at the weekend was a circular route from Housesteads Roman fort to Cuddy'ss Crag on the Wall and out acrosCrag on the Wall and out across moorland to near Broomlee Lough.
The snowshoe spreads a person's weight and allows travel where otherwise feet would sink deep into the snow.
Ian said: "In really deep powder snow it is almost impossible to travel without snowshoes as you will sink and any progress is exhausting."