In this indispensable guide, avid swshoer Larry Olmsted enumerates the many reasons for swshoeing's meteoric rise. Advances in design and construction-including quick-entry, high-performance bindings-have made swshoes even easier and more enjoyable to use. Scores of enthusiasts are hitting groomed cross-country ski and swmobile trails across the swbelt, running on scaled-down versions of traditional 'shoes. Swshoeing explains how to experience this recent evolution of the sport. Even greater numbers of swshoers come from the ranks of America's hikers and backpackers, who have discovered that wintertime can be the best time to hit the trail: bugs, mud, crowds. And backcountry Alpine skiers and swboarders climb to their summits on swshoes, the most reliable, versatile mode of travel across sw. No new use or technique is left untreated in this, the first guide to swshoeing since swshoeing has come of age.