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Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 7:59 pm, Thu Mar 6, 2014.

Sure, there’s a certain thrill associated with alpine or backcountry skiing, and a special serenity that comes with cross-country skiing. But let’s face it — there are just some places where skis aren’t practical. That’s where snowshoes come in handy. Whether you need to wander out to your mailbox in 2 feet of powder, summit Baldy in January or qualify for the U.S. National Snowshoe Team, snowshoes facilitate your movement through snow by gripping, floating and stabilizing.

According to a recent study by SnowSports Industries America, more than 4 million people nationwide snowshoed last winter, topping the number of cross-country skiers by about 722,000. Why? In addition to the practicality factor, Geoff Goins, owner of the Enchanted Forest XC Ski and Snowshoe Area in Red River, points out, “Many people simply don’t like sliding.” Goins is referring to the major difference between skiing and snowshoeing: The latter is all grip, no glide. “Anyone can do it,” he says. “You just need stamina.”

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