Originally Posted by linvillegorge
Have you ever tried snowshoeing in deep unconsolidated powder? That's why.
This was my primary motivation; skinning up takes WAY less physical effort than shoes, so you can cover a lot more terrain in the same amount of time and be fresher when it's time for the descent.
The initial investment can be steep, but places like REI have end of season closeouts so you can usually pick up the previous year's Voile Mojo for under $600 in the summer.