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.
The Skishoeing Blog
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!
2017-18 Trackers Skishoes Demo Tour Schedule
Stay tuned as the season approaches
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)
Comments from customers and observers
“I was out the last 2 days in 8 to 10 inches of nice light fluffy snow - its great!”
Gino in Kanata, Ontario
“Ascending is fantastic. The grip and stability while going up inclines is remarkable, and I am quite impressed.”
Lucas in Windham, Maine
“I bought them and have been using them for fatbike grooming. They are pretty good for that because they don't post hole the snow the way a regular snowshoe does when your toe goes through. Also they leave a pretty nice smooth path.”
Peter in Swanzey, New Hampshire
“We went around the lake, which provides a flat surface, and we went on trails in the woods. We really like the stability and the skiing motion. We are still getting used to the way we need to use them. There is less glide to the skishoes than to conventional skis, obviously, but climbing hills is much easier. We really like the concept and function.”
Peg in Two Rivers, Wisconsin
“Went out in 2 feet plus of snow, so they acted more like snow shoe. However, because of their design, once I got the technique down, they do act more like cross country skies. I was out for two hours. I am very excited about them, and several people have asked about them. Now have been out about four times and each time better. Know anyone that wants to buy traditional snowshoes??? Just kidding.”
Don in Mammoth Lakes, California
“Have used them now about 8 or 9 times. As a snowshoe…AWESOME!!! Work right in between a cross-country ski and snowshoe. Cannot imagine ever using my snowshoes again. Once I got the different technique, they rocked!!!!”
Don again in Mammoth Lakes, California
“I enjoyed meeting you and trying out the skishoes on Saturday. I placed an order and can't wait for them to arrive.”
Tim in New Hampshire
“They're fun! I love them, but like anything, they work best given certain conditions and when using certain features. I prefer them over my snowshoes, but in some cases, snowshoes are definitely best. As you know with sports equipment, conditions drive the choice of the tool. I wouldn't ride my mountain bike on a 300-mile road ride, and I wouldn’t ride my road bike in 3 inches of sand. Great product. Keep it up!”
Chris in Bend, Oregon
“We have had a few demos! Our skiers and snowshoers thought they were great! I thought they skied well in fresh snow and loved the flotation in the deep powder. I thought they would ski better on hardpack icy conditions. But the fins made them act more like crampons--probably a good thing! I think you have a nice product with these!”
Cross-country ski shop in Oxford, Maine
“I see the concept of your skishoes. Why would anybody buy snowshoes?”
Marsha from Philadelphia after skiing on cross-country skis on a trail in New York along with Tom Gibson on skishoes
View our video
Tom Gibson cavorting on gently rolling terrain in a foot of powder: