Snowshoe Racing

Snowshoe Racing

Welcome to the American Trail Running Association’s new snowshoe racing page. Here you will find information about the annual Snowshoe National Championships, an event calendar, snowshoe news and more. Are you new to snowshoe running or thinking about trying it out? Check out our Snowshoe 101 article.

Snowshoe Nationals

2022 10K National Champions Jackie Hering and Erik Hartmark.

Snowshoe National Championships

23nd annual United States Snowshoe National Championships – The 2024 Snowshoe National Championships will be held this year Feb. 9-11 in Eau Claire, WI at Lowes Creek County Trails. Snowshoe events will include crowning a boys and girls Middle School, High School, and Collegiate National champion in the 5k, National Championship 10k, an open 5k, a kids kilo, the return of the snowshoe half marathon and a relay. For more information contact: Jackie Hering – [email protected].

Looking Back At 2023
In cooperation with local event organizers and The Pulse Running and Fitness Shop of Meridian Idaho, United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) organized the 2023 edition of the U.S. National Snowshoe Championships at Jug Mountain Ranch in McCall, Idaho on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

Perennial favorite Joseph Gray, Colorado Springs, CO, owned the course, going wire to wire for victory in the men’s race earning him his third national snowshoe title (2018, 2020 and now 2023). The eventual winner of the women’s open race, was defending champion USSSA Director Jackie Hering of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Read the full post race story and find results in our Trail News section. Also see the press release from the Collegiate Snowshoe Championships held concurrently at Jug Mountain Ranch.

National championship participants must use snowshoes that meet USSSA’s minimum size requirement.

Past Snowshoe Nationals Results

Results from past editions of the U.S. Snowshoe National Championships organized by the United States Snow Shoe Association (USSSA):

Resources For Snowshoe Race Directors

Free Race Calendar Listing – The American Trail Running Association offers several programs to help snowshoe and trail running race directors make their events safer and more successful. Race directors can add their events to the ATRA calendar for FREE. Simply register and account and submit your event!

Event Liability Insurance – Snowshoe race directors who become ATRA race members are eligible for our T.R.I.P. event liability insurance program. This insurance is tailored exclusively for trail running and snowshoe races. Learn more about T.R.I.P. and apply here.

Free Event Standards Program – ATRA’s Event Standards Program is a free service for all trail and snowshoe race directors. Events that follow our 15 step best practices guidelines are entitled to use our “Meets ATRA’s Event Standards” label on their website, social pages and other promotional material. Learn more about ATRA Event Standards here.

United States Snowshoe Association

The United States Snowshoe Association (USSSA) is devoted to promoting outdoor winter safety in conjunction with recreational snowshoeing. USSSA has been the lead governing body for the sport of snowshoe racing in the USA since 2001.

Snowshoe Nationals

Start of the 2022 US Snowshoe National Championships in Cable, WI.

World Snowshoe Federation (WSSF)

The World Snowshoe Association (formerly known as the ISSF) is a non-profit, international sports federation, that was founded in 2010. The primary mission of the WSSF is to serve as the international governing body for the Sport of Snowshoe Racing and to assist in the organization and governance of the various national governing bodies for Snowshoe Racing around the World.

They hosted the 2022 European Snowshoe Championships at the La Ciaspolada race in Val di Non, Italy on Saturday, January 8, 2022. Results are available here.

The 14th annual World Snowshoe Championship was held on September 3, 2022 in Argentina. See results from the 2022 World Championship HERE. See all results from previous World Snowshoe Championships going back to 2006 on the WSSF website.

Learn more about the World Snowshoe Federation at their website:

Snowshoe Manufacturers

Dion and NeviTREKDion Snowshoes and NeviTREK Snowshoes have teamed up to combine the best of two Northeast brands. With decades of experience in the snowshoeing world, we can now equip more customers than ever: from racers & winter hikers who demand performance, to general outdoor enthusiasts and first-timers. Our snowshoes are designed and built in the USA. website:

Atlas Snow Shoe CompanyAtlas is a classic story about an idea that became a brand. The idea started in 1990 when fledgling entrepreneurs Perry Klebahn and Jim Klingbeil developed Spring Loaded Suspension. What began as a Stanford graduate project would become the foundation for the most technically innovative snowshoe brand. website:

Tubbs SnowshoesFounded in Norway, Maine, Tubbs Snowshoes is a pioneer of the American snowshoeing industry. While originally crafting snowshoes from fine white ash wood, we now specialize in both traditional aluminum and modern composite snowshoes, continuing to raise the bar for innovative snowshoe designs. As the first company to engineer women’s-specific snowshoes in 1998, Tubbs recognizes the diverse needs of men and women alike, taking into account stride length, stance width, and other physiological differences to create premier ergonomic fit. website:

Northern LitesIn designing Northern Lites we started with the criteria of a perfect snowshoe and made compromises to fit the real world. The perfect snowshoe would allow the user to float on top of even the fluffiest snow, would weigh nothing, would last a lifetime, would go on as easy as a slipper and be just as comfortable, would not require any adjustment from a normal walking stride, would have the traction of a mountain goat, and cost no more than a cup of coffee. We weren’t able to create this, but Northern Lites are darn close to perfection :). website:

Crescent MoonVail, Colorado a couple of young ski bums started making snowshoes in their garage so they could get to those secret stashes of snow and ice where only the lightest, but strongest snowshoes could take you. A few years later a young couple came along and asked the guys if they would like to make a business out of it by moving to Boulder. From one garage to the next and then into a production facility as the ski bums grew up and the young couple began a family and the Crescent Moon company grew and became a brand that only the best outdoor retailers wanted to carry. Website:

Snowshoe Nationals

Michelle Hummel leading the women’s pack early in the 2022 Snowshoe Nationals race.

Snowshoe Media

Snowshoe MagazineAs the only worldwide publication focused completely on snowshoeing, we strive to promote the sport so individuals of all ages can enjoy what snowshoeing has to offer. We truly believe that winter is to be celebrated! From tips for beginners to exercises to improve your endurance or snowshoe racing news, we support snowshoers of all ages and skill levels. Explore snowshoe trails and resorts around the world, find your next piece of gear or feel inspired for your next adventure through the stories of others. No matter your interest, we want to share your adventure! website:

American Trail Running AssociationBecause there is so much trail running to snowshoe cross-over among participants and race directors, ATRA has been including snowshoe races on its event calendar since its inception in 1998. ATRA has been publishing snowshoe stories since 2013 from contributors Laura Clark, Jen Mason, Mark Elmore, Richard Bolt, Phillip Gary Smith and Jim York. See all of ATRA snowshoe articles at: – Maintained by Tim Zbikowski, this website provides a snowshoe races schedule, results, training and equipment information for Wisconsin and Minnesota. website:

Sharing Winter Trails

Sharing the trails with kindness, respect, and awareness is important year-round. But in some winter climates, snow adds another layer (both figuratively and literally) to trail etiquette. Your actions on snow matter to other trail users long after you’re gone. Learn more about how to be a respectful winter trail user over on the Trails are Common Ground website.

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