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  1. #1
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    How much snow do you need to shoe or xcountry ski?

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    I've been reading the threads on snowshoeing with a great deal of interest. Winter came early to Indiana this year and I'm finding myself less than content with spinning and yoga. I just miss being outside. But how much snow does one generally need to snowshoe? I read a thread where someone (Lisa, I think) said 5 inches, but I've read conflicting information elsewhere. Do you generally need more or less snow to x-country ski?

    The snowfalls we get around Central Indiana are so unpredictable. We've had a fair amount of snow some years, very little in others and, as was the case last year, not much snow minus one really bad storm in mid-February. So, I'm having a hard time deciding whether to make the investment.

    That said, I have a nice pair of Tubbs Venture shoes picked out along with a few pieces of related gear. I have a lot of cycling stuff--a Gore Windstopper Jacket, Tights, baselayers, wool socks, etc., that should do double duty. Right? I also have a pair of waterproof pants.

    So, that leaves gaiters, a wool hat, gloves (my cycling gloves aren't as warm as I'd like them to be), a pack of some kinds to hold a water bottle, and boots. I have these picked out at REI. I don't really know much about what to look for in boot, so do they look okay? http://www.rei.com/product/740631

    Thanks for the help!

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  2. #2
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    you need a lot of snow to snowshoe, but just a little to crosscountry ski.

    Snowshoeing would be annoying in less than 6" of snow.
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    For x-country skiing it can vary with the terrain, but as long as you have enough to cover over the grass/rocks/mud you're pretty much good to go. That usually means a couple of inches and you are good to go.
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    A few inches over rocks is okay, but be careful if it's light snow that can be displaced easily by the skis. (assuming it's not already packed or tracked down here) I was cruising one time one a few inches of fresh powder and got stopped in my tracks and sent crashing to my knees (and ripped my pants!) when I hit a rock.
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    Not to mention if you try going without enough snow you will tear up the bottoms of your skis
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    Anything under about 6 inches I don't bother with snowshoes or skis. I just stomp around in my boots. Between 6 inches to about 1 1/2 feet I'll use the snowshoes. That way I'm not worried about sliding into rocks with my skis. Over 2 feet, anything goes.

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    Indy, looks like it's unlikely that you'll be doing xcountry in Indy...do you have any friends in South Bend you can visit?

    Out of curiosity, do they salt or plow the Monon after a snow for the runners/cyclists?
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    Mr. Silver, I actually have some friends who x-country skied up the Monon on Sunday, although they usually go to Eagle Creek Park to ski the groomed trails there. I don't think they plow, shovel or salt the Monon. Or if they do, it's certainly not made a priority. Heck, they don't even get to sidestreets or sidewalks most of the time. They just wait for it to melt!

    I'm thinking that x-country skis would be the better investment as between the two. The problem I run into is that when there's enough snow to make winter sports possible around here, there's also enough snow to keep me and my car safely indoors. I'm a nervous nelly when it comes to driving in bad weather. My friends who live right off the Monon are lucky in that regard.
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    Wow! I'm surprised that they did that!

    I was up there Monday for mediation and while it was considerably messier than Bloomington, I would not have thought that it was enough for skiing!

    Just goes to show how much I know
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