Go blissfully off the packed trail and get the skishoe feeling.
Welcome to the world of Trackers Skishoes, the hybrid snowshoe that glides. Plying the backcountry on gliding snowshoes becomes addictive, as you’ll feel smug in icy conditions and experience the joy of floating through powder. You’ll find yourself venturing off packed trails to places you wouldn’t normally go, opening up whole new panoramas. We call this new form of winter fun the “skishoe feeling.” Our mantra: The gnarlier the snow, the more blissful you'll feel.
Trackers technology allows snowshoers to add a gliding component to their sport, increasing their speed and adding to the fun. At the same time, it allows cross-country skiers to climb uphill easier and ski a broader range of conditions and terrain. Because the skishoe has a wide platform, it has flotation in deep powder snow. The concept also lends itself to beginners who don’t do either sport but want to get out for some exercise in the winter. At the other end of the scale, hybrid snowshoes work well as approach skis for those on a pursuit such as ice or mountain climbing.
The key to Trackers Skishoes is the aluminum tracking fins that run lengthwise along the bottom, acting like sliding crampons. They give fore-and-aft traction for climbing on snow and ice when you step -- the harder the surface, the better they grip. At the same time, they slide through snow when you glide on the surface. But whether the skishoe is gliding, stepping, or stationary, the fins also keep it on its track and minimize its lateral slide. This keeps you from sliding down the hill as you try to traverse across it, giving you more control and stability.
You can compare Trackers Skishoes to a mountain bike. If you cycle on paved roads all the time, then a road bike works better because it lets you go faster and farther. But if you want to venture off-road on dirt and gravel or single-track trails, then a mountain bike fills the bill. Likewise, cross-country skis work fine for packed and groomed trails, but if you want to venture off those, skishoes take you to another level.
We have skishoes available. The website ordering function is down for the off-season. To place an order, call us at 570-713-4812 for a phone credit card transaction. Or e-mail us first with your information, and we'll call you back. Free Shipping!
2016-17 Trackers Skishoes Demo Tour Schedule
Tentative; subject to change
TBA; dependent on snow
Winona State Forest near Pulaski, NY
With the Kick'N Gliders ski club out of Harrisburg, PA
Warren County, PA Winterfest
Susquehannock State Forest
Lyman Run State Park
With Merrill Linn Conservancy from the Dale Engle Walker House, 1:00 pm
Dales Ridge Trail
Upper Valley Trail Alliance day Feb. 11 at Eastman Cross Country Center
R.B. Winter State Park Snowfest
Saranac Lake, NY
WSSF World Snowshoe Championships
Greek Peak Nordic Center
Highland Forest County Park
Kenco Work & Safety Store
High Point Cross Country Ski Center
High Point State Park
Part of our mission is to reach out to ski, hiking, outdoor, and snowshoeing clubs as well as ski and outdoor shops and winter events in spreading the word of skishoeing. Let us know if you’d like us to come to your area for a demo or to participate in your event. We’ll see if we can arrange it.
Shops with demo skishoes available
Greek Peak Nordic Center (Virgil, NY)
Kenco Work & Safety Store (Kingston, NY)
Carter’s Cross Country Ski Shop (Oxford and Bethel, ME)
Cross Country Ski Headquarters (Roscommon, MI)
Grand Marais Outfitters (Grand Marais, MI)
Tom Gibson cavorting on gently rolling terrain in a foot of powder: