Just bumping this thread to confirm that snowshoes do in fact SUCK ASS!
I went out Sunday and was the only one in the group snowshoeing it. By the time we got to the top I was already pretty spent and I'm in pretty decent hiking shape - I just climbed Longs Peak again a little over a month ago. By the time we got to doing our third run, I was struggling to simply stay upright on my board I was so spent from the hiking, much less do any real riding of any kind.
It really sinks in to you (literally) when you're watching the guys in front of you skinning while sinking in maybe 6" or so while you follow along behind them in their tracks and you're sinking knee deep and just plain killin' yourself.
Needless to say, I am currently in the market for a splitboard. I'll probably pick up a cheap pair of snowshoes on CL to use in the meantime, but I have definitely learned first hand that snowshoes are NOT the way to go longterm. It's expensive to get into backcountry riding. You've already invested in a beacon, shovel, probe, pack, etc. You might as well go ahead and make the leap to pick up a split to make the experience far more enjoyable.
Last edited by linvillegorge; 11-02-2010 at 02:40 AM.