Nothing like School Holidays to bring home how busy it gets in the ski resorts, so why compete: get on the World’s lightest snowshoes, Northern Lites, and beat the crowds.
Wilderness Sports at Nugget’s Crossing and Perisher (find them in the KNP building) are Australia’s snowshoe gurus, stocking a range of great brands to rent and buy. Get on their snowshoe tours for a change of pace, or have a chat about the best snowshoes for your back and side country boarding needs.
“Splitboards are great, but most people will find it a lot easier, quicker, and much cheaper to get on snowshoes” says Bruce Easton from Wilderness Sports. With over 40 years experience he knows what he’s talking about and is the go to guy in Jindy for all things back and side country.
Made in Colorado, now available downunder, Northern Lites snowshoes will open up a whole new world of free snow opportunities for you. They are also much simpler than a split board, at a fraction of price to get to fresh terrain and make tracks on the board you ride every day and love. Fits every boot – trail runner, hiking, snowboard and mountaineering.
They are available with two binding set ups – TruTrak or Speed.
Bruce highly recommends the Northern Lites Elite and Backcountry models.
At about 900-1130gms per pair, the Elite is by far the lightest 63cm snowshoe on the market.
The Backcountry is a bit larger, ideal for heavier people/loads and deeper snows too – take them to Japan as well. Shown here with TruTrak bindings.
Weight matters out the back, be it on skis or boards, and Northern Lites snowshoes let you expend less energy getting out and up to save more for coming down.
Try before you buy – rent from Wilderness Sports Nugget’s Crossing or at Perisher.
It’s also a great idea to get a guided tour to learn how to maximise your energy efficiency and fun using them, whether you’re heading out for a slide or just taking a hike.