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The Story of Atlas

Atlas Trans-Sierra Snowshoe Trek. Five Days; 45 Miles; 12,500 feet vertical gain; 10,800 feet vertical loss; Symmes Creek (Independence, CA) to Wolverton Ski Area (West side of Sequoia National Park). Trekkers: Daniel Emerson, Peter Chapman, Teri Smith, Cameron Martindell. Support Crew: Karen Righthand, Stacey Lee.
Atlas Trans-Sierra Snowshoe Trek. Five Days; 45 Miles; 12,500 feet vertical gain; 10,800 feet vertical loss; Symmes Creek (Independence, CA) to Wolverton Ski Area (West side of Sequoia National Park). Trekkers: Daniel Emerson, Peter Chapman, Teri Smith, Cameron Martindell. Support Crew: Karen Righthand, Stacey Lee.
2005 Atlas Trans-Sierra Snowshoe Trek. Five Days; 45 Miles; 12,500 feet vertical gain; 10,800 feet vertical loss; Symmes Creek (Independence, CA) to Wolverton Ski Area (West side of Sequoia National Park). Trekkers: Daniel Emerson, Peter Chapman, Teri Smith, Cameron Martindell. Support Crew: Karen Righthand, Stacey Lee.

No, not THAT story of Atlas, but our snowshoe brand of course!

Ever wonder how Atlas Snow-Shoe Company came to be? Some of you might know the general gist: that the product was born from a Standford student’s engineering thesis. But what happened between then and now?

Our creator’s alma mater put together an amazing history of the brand. You can read it’s complete version here.

What most people might not realize, that you’ll learn in the article, is that Atlas became so much more than its product. Perry Klebahn helped shape the sport by partnering with like-minded brands,  funding and building out snowshoe trails, and producing how-to snowshoe guides for newbies. Fun fact: “One early fan of the sport, Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Jerry Greenfield, even lent his ice cream company’s credibility by sponsoring midnight snowshoe walks.”

We are proud to say that, although changes have been made within the company as well as its product (gotta keep up with the technology), Atlas Snow-Shoe Company will always support the community that supports us. You might see our shoes at your local Nordic center, or on the feet of runners at the US Snowshoe Association’s championship races. We also have the modern-day version of trail guides on our partner site, Snowshoes.com.

It’s fun to look back at our brand’s history, but even more exciting to look ahead at all the possibilities for its future. Thank you for being Atlas fans and continuing on this journey with us!

 

Gear Review: Atlas Snowshoes for Kids

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Caption: Smuggler Notch Family Snowshoe Programs include the Family Snowshoe Cider Walk, which is an educational and fun guided trek on the special kids’ trail, followed by hot apple cider at the Nordic Center. The resort carries a full line of Atlas Snowshoes for kids.

Looking to buy new snowshoes for your kids? Check out Backcountry.com’s  Atlas kids’ snowshoe gear reviews to help you choose the best model snowshoes for your girls and boys.


Atlas Mini Snowshoe – Girls Turn Her Into A Winter Adventurer.

It’s amazing how a snowstorm can transform a landscape into a magical new realm, especially for curious kids exploring backyard trails and forests in the wintertime. Satisfy your budding explorer’s thirst for wintertime adventure with the Atlas Girls’ Mini Snowshoe. This lightweight, vibrantly colored snowshoe makes learning fun and easy, meaning she’ll be hooked from the minute she slides it on ’til the very last mile of the hike. The signature snowflake traction leaves a fun pattern in the snow, so she can retrace her steps back to the car.

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The Mini Snowshoe is ideal for girls ranging from four-to-eight years old, thanks to a fully adjustable Grom binding that comfortably secures without pressure points. Dual adjustments along the binding’s instep and heel accommodate rapidly growing feet. The rotating toe cord offers an efficient stride across snowy landscapes, also digging the steel crampon into hardpack snow and icy trails with sure-footed grip.

  • Makes snowshoeing fun and intuitive
  • Fits girls from four to eight years old
  • Grom binding secures without pressure points
  • Rotating steel toe cord for walking efficiency
  • Steel crampon digs into icy surfaces and trails
  • Signature snowflake traction along bottom

Atlas Sprout Snowshoe – Boys Wintertime Fun Is Calling.

Introduce your budding explorer to the wintry wonderland of snowy forests and hiking trails with the Atlas Boys’ Sprout Snowshoe. This fun-loving snowshoe is decked out in fun colors and lightweight materials, making snowshoeing fun and easy for first time users. Snowflake traction along the bottom leaves a fun pattern in the snow, so he can retrace his steps on the way back to the car.

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The Sprout Snowshoe is ideal for kids ranging from four-to-eight years old, thanks to its fully adjustable Grom binding that comfortably secures without pressure points. Dual adjustments along the binding’s instep and heel accommodate rapidly growing kids while securing comfortably without pressure points. The rotating toe cord offers an efficient stride across snowy landscapes, helping to dig the steel crampon into hardpack snow and icy trails with sure-footed traction.

  • Makes snowshoeing fun and intuitive
  • Fits kids from four to eight years old
  • Grom binding secures without pressure points
  • Rotating steel toe cord for walking efficiency
  • Steel crampon digs into icy surfaces and trails
  • Signature snowflake traction along bottom

Atlas Echo Snowshoe – Girls Get Her Hooked On Wintertime.

Get your little lady hooked on exploring snow-covered environments with the Atlas Girls’ Echo Snowshoe. Let’s face it; most kids don’t want to use something if it doesn’t look cool. That’s why Atlas hooked up the Echo Snowshoe with fun-loving graphics and bright colors. They’re primarily designed for groomed trails, cross-country loops, and flat-to-gently rolling terrain.

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The Echo Snowshoe adjusts to fit girls from eight to twelve years old. The Grom binding provides a secure fit without hassle, so she can enjoy the outdoor experience without the need for constant adjustments. The Fixed Toe Cord snugly wraps her boots for maximum security as she walks across snowy fields and forests. Made from lightweight aluminum, the V-frame makes walking as easy as possible with its pinched-in tail and curved design. This shape shakes off snow with each step, so she’s not carrying extra weight. It also promotes a natural gait that’s intuitive for beginners.

  • Inspire her to explore winter landscapes
  • Fits young girls from 8 to 12-years old
  • Designed for groomed trails and flat-to-rolling terrain
  • V-Frame promotes easy walking across snowy environments
  • Grom binding is intuitive to use for beginners
  • Fixed Toe Cord wraps her boots for a secure fit
  • Tempered steel crampons for extra grip across ice

Atlas Spark Snowshoe – Boys Keep The Spark Alive For Playing Outside.

Just because winter has rolled into town for the season, doesn’t mean that your kiddo has to forgo playing outside on account of a little snow. Instead, layer him up in his warmest sweaters, strap the Atlas Boys’ Spark Snowshoe to his feet, and get to tromping around.

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This kid-specific Spark snowshoe is built for young outdoor enthusiasts who range between the ages of eight and 12. Additionally, it features a size that adapts with your growing spitfire and is constructed with durable kid-friendly materials. The Grom Binding touts a molded tongue that provides a pressure-free fit and reduces the hassle of straps. Meanwhile, the fixed toe ensures that the snowshoe stays secure underfoot. And this fixed toe technology offers easy maneuverability, which is optimal for kids who are constantly on the go. The durable Atlas V-frame and tempered steel toe and heel traction assure paramount grip underfoot, so your little sparkplug can keep trucking until the cows come home.

  • A kid-friendly snowshoe for romping in deep snow
  • Atlas V-frame is lightweight and durable
  • Fixed toe ensures snowshoe stays secure
  • Grom Binding provides warmth and pressure-free fit
  • Heel and toe traction promote grip underfoot

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Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kit Five Star Gear Review

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Backcountry.com blogger Rob Wykoff with family. He gives the Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kit a five star gear review.

“I got two Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kits for my mom this Christmas and she was super excited, so we wanted to take them out that afternoon. While I am male who is 6 foot 2 inches, 185 pounds with a US12 shoe size, I decided I would use the second set to snowshoe with her. They worked perfectly! The adjustable poles are quite solid and easy to use, just like the snow shoes themselves. We used the snowshoes on mainly packed trails and a little unpacked powder, and they worked very well. I would recommend these to anyone looking to get a very “solid” set of snowshoes and poles!”


Backcountry.com’s gear review praises the Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoe Kit for their great performance and value. The kit includes a pair Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoes, two 6000 series two-part poles, and a zippered snowshoe tote for easy carrying and storage, and ensures you’re fully prepared to dive into the world of snowshoeing.

Why Choose Atlas Rendezvous Snowshoes

The perfect blend of comfort and function, the Rendezvous features Light-Ride Suspension, which enables your foot to articulate naturally and cushions impact for smooth striding on mellower terrain. Engineered for efficiency with every step, the hassle-free Strapp binding offers a Wrapp binding function that provides molded arch support, a one-pull, Uniloop design, and a lightweight, minimalist construction to allow you to stay out on the trail longer.

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BUY NOW – WOMEN’S ATLAS ELEKTRA™ RENDEZVOUS SNOWSHOES 

Flexible Nytex decking is forgiving and quiet when hiking on extra cold days, and provides durability without the weight, while the heel cleat adds traction and stability for climbing, descending, and traversing varied terrain. Built with lightweight, durable 6000- and 7000-series aluminum, the sturdy V-frame tracks straight in deep snow, and the tapered tail pulls less snow as you step forward to help you conserve your energy. To give you sure-footing on two planes, the Twin-Trac toe crampon uses a sturdy row of front points and two side teeth to keep your foot from twisting.

  • Aluminum V-frame
  • Strapp binding
  • Nytex decking
  • Twin-Trac toe crampon
  • Light-Ride Suspension
  • Heel cleat
  • Includes two 6000-series two-part poles
  • Zippered snowshoe tote

 

Backcountry Avalanche Safety for Snowshoers

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Spring brings the opportunity to snowshoe higher and deeper into the backcountry.  It’s also a time of high avalanche activity from wet snow and persistent slab slides.  Now is a great time to have a look at late season snow conditions and be reminded of the BCA’s five backcountry basics and avalanche safety for snowshoers.

  1. Get the Gear. Before you head into the backcountry, get the avalanche safety gear you need, at minimum a beacon, probe and shovel.  Carry all required backcountry safety gear, on your body, all the time to help you find a buried partner and be found yourself. Consider two-way radios to communicate should your group get separated, as well as navigation and first aid equipment.
  2. Get the Training. Take an avalanche course to learn the backcountry basics, including how to use your avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel in event an avalanche rescue is necessary.
  3. Get the Forecast. Check your local avalanche center website for weather and avalanche advisories.
  4. Get the Picture. Research and inspect your route, look for signs of recent avalanche activity, identify and avoid dangerous terrain, communicate with your group and always make a plan ‘B’ with alternate terrain options.
  5. Get out of Harm’s Way. Limit your snowshoe group’s exposure to backcountry hazards and dangerous terrain.

Backcountry Access has some great educational avalanche avoidance videos and avalanche rescue videos that every backcountry snowshoer should watch.

Atlas Backcountry Access Spring Giveaway

To entice our snowshoe community to travel safely in the backcountry, Atlas Snow-shoes and BCA invite you to enter our spring giveaway contest!

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Enter for a chance to win your choice of a set of Atlas Montane or Atlas Endeavor snowshoes, plus a Backcountry Access DTS avalanche rescue package, complete with avalanche beacon, probe & shovel. Prize package MSRP value $530. Enter by Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

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New registrations received by 11:59 PM MTN on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 will be eligible to win, US and Canada only. Winner will be selected and contacted by April 30, 2017. All fields must be completed for valid contest entry. You agree to opt-in and to receive Backcountry Access and Atlas Snow-shoes email by entering this contest. Company reserves the right to substitute prizes of similar value based on availability. See contest rules.

About BCA

The “Access” in Backcountry Access means a lot more than just getting after it in the mountains. Since 1994, BCA avalanche safety gear has been designed to make backcountry riding and snow safety more accessible: more widely available, affordable and easy-to-use. The “A” in access also stands for access for all backcountry users, no matter what the means of travel. BCA dedicates discretionary spending towards promoting avalanche education, not restricting access to the backcountry. For more information or just to get stoked, visit backcountryaccess.com.

Gear Review: All-around Recreation with Atlas Elektra Women’s Snowshoes

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By Briana Valoros, Outdoor Gear Lab

The Atlas Elektra line of women’s snowshoes has a femininely designed decking paired with anatomical frame shapes that join to create an excellent all-around pair of women’s snowshoes.

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The Atlas Elektras brings some backcountry technicalities to an all-around recreation snowshoe. The crampons fall between semi-aggressive and aggressive traction. Zodiac toe crampons are on a fixed rotation traction system while the Stabilock bindings grip beneath the heel. The frames are constructed of 7075 aluminum, which is the lightest framing material of any of the other pairs in our review. Technically advanced features from the reputable brand, Atlas, paired with a stylish feminine design make the Elektras an excellent selection for on and off trail snowshoe hiking for someone with a narrow gait.

Performance Comparison
The Atlas Elektra Snowshoe line has a feminine design combined with technical features such as a semi-aggressive traction system and the lightest frame weight.

Flotation
The size-to-weight ratio of the Atlas Elektra snowshoes equate to excellent flotation. The Elektras have a narrow frame shape designed for the narrow gait of a woman’s stride and therefore have less surface area. More surface area directly relates to better flotation, and if they had a slightly wider frame, they may achieve better flotation. The Duratek nylon decking and aluminum frames maintain the best flotation in recreational terrain. The narrow gait of the women’s specific Elektra snowshoes is ideal for striding forward.

Traction
These snowshoes have fixed rotation bindings with Zodiac crampons beneath the toes and Stabilock crampons beneath the heels. The crampon orientation and design is semi-aggressive. They have the best traction on packed snow that is flat to moderately steep.

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No Hands, No Poles
Atlas Elektra Snowshoes have semi-aggressive traction that straddle the line between an ideal recreation specific model and an ideal backcountry snowshoe.

Ease of Use
The Wrapp Pro bindings on the Elektra snowshoes are unique in design and function. Silicone straps that look similar to rubber bands cross over the top of the feet and through a low friction buckle system that secures closed with a flip of the handle. Silicone bands secure the bindings of the Atlas Elektras. They look like rubber bands but offer the security and flexibility of durable rubber straps.

Security on Foot
The easy-to-use Boa® Closure system bindings secure the boots onto the snowshoes and remain fastened while active. The length of the tails add security and stability, but we found the most comfort with poles. Security on foot is excellent on packed snow as well as fresh snow. We didn’t experience any issues concerning the bindings or traction systems loosening.

Best Applications
Atlas Elektra snowshoes are ideal on intermediate trails and in moderate backcountry conditions including some mountainous, non-technical terrain. They are suitable for novices and experts, but excel in the middle space between the two extremes. They have semi-aggressive traction systems that are appropriate in some backcountry applications such as moderately steep terrain and snow. They are ideal for petite women hiking on intermediate terrain.

Conclusion
Atlas Elektra women’s specific snowshoes ideal in the moderate range of terrain conditions, offering a balance between on-trail and off-trail snowshoeing.

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Spring in the Backcountry: Snowshoeing as an Alternative to Skinning

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Adventurous skiers and snowboarders have been trekking into the backcountry for decades, to get away from lift-lines and to seek untouched powder. Technological innovations in equipment over the 10-15 years have made alpine touring more popular than ever before, and the sport now represents one of the fastest growing categories in the outdoor sports market. One of these innovations has been the development of synthetic skins that strap to the board or skis, allowing participants to “skin” or ascend moderately steep slopes, without sliding back down the mountain.

One of the issues all too familiar to the alpine touring community, however, is the limitation of skins: one can only ascend a slope up to around 25° before sliding back down the mountain, hence the need to continuously switchback even moderately steep faces. Additionally, though special crampons can be affixed to the underfoot portion of the ski or board to mitigate slipping and to provide traction in variable terrain, they can only do so much.

This is where snowshoes provide a solution, and potential upgrade, to traditional backcountry alpine touring with skins. Atlas snowshoes already feature a backcountry line-up including the Endeavor, the Aspect, and the Spindrift – the vehicles of choice for many backcountry snowshoeing enthusiasts. And for those that like to descend down the mountain on a snowboard in particular, using Atlas snowshoes to get up (instead of skins or an expensive splitboard) is a logical extension of the sport. This applies more to backcountry snowboarders vs. skiers because strapping snowshoes on ski boots is a non-starter for most. Generally speaking, there are several advantages snowshoeing provides over skinning in the backcountry.

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First, especially for those looking to get into backcountry snowboarding, snowshoeing is much cheaper and easier compared to a splitboarding. With the proper knowledge, avalanche safety tools, and training, one can simply purchase a pair of Atlas snowshoes for around $220 and strap their resort board to their pack and away they go. This compares quite favorably to purchasing a splitboard set-up (including board, bindings, and skins) that costs in the neighborhood of $1500! Also, snowshoeing is a much easier and more familiar movement to the uninitiated, compared to skinning.

Second, the wider snowshoe surface area allows for more floatation and easier movement when breaking trail in deep snow compared to the thinner planks of a splitboard.

Third, backcountry snowshoes are built with an aggressive and comprehensive crampon system that provides much more traction and stability compared to the single underfoot crampon attachment for a splitboard or skis. This allows for steeper ascents directly up a peak, without having to considerably lengthen a journey by criss-crossing a mountain face up numerous switchbacks. On a related note, snowshoe crampons replace the need for skins altogether, and with it, the awkward process of applying and removing skins to skis. No more frustrating stops to re-affix skins when moisture negates their ability to stick to your skis!

Atlas backcountry snowshoes, in particular, offer numerous features to help snowboarders find that perfect powder stash. The Endeavor and Aspect models each have a wide binding that allows a snowboard boot to fit seamlessly into the shoe. Together with the backcountry utility strap, the boot is held firmly in place. Additionally, the Reactiv-Trac construction aids travel with tons of traction on the side rails and the elliptically formed nose is great for breaking trail.

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When it comes to crampons, nothing beats the traction and grip of the Atlas backcountry line. The underside crampons run up the entire base of the shoe and include a toe crampon to dig into hard-pack or icy terrain on steep ascents. The heel lift bar on the Endeavor and Aspect (just over 2” when engaged) also exceeds the lift provided by most alpine touring binding setups, another advantage in ascending steeper slopes. Finally, the PackFlat binding system of the Endeavor and Aspect makes it easy to pack the shoes away for the descent.

Snowshoeing as a means to access backcountry snowboard adventures, in particular, is a solid alternative to skinning. Snowshoes make one of the biggest barriers to entry for backcountry snowboarding moot, by reducing the start-up costs significantly. And the crampon system in the Atlas backcountry line opens up whole new possibilities for ascending steep and rugged terrain. For those thinking about getting into alpine touring for the first time, and for those already seasoned in the art of skinning, adding a pair of Atlas backcountry snowshoes to your quiver is a great idea.

See you on the trail (and on the ascent)!

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Light-Ride Suspension

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Light-Ride Suspension (LRS) is the perfect blend of comfort and function, allowing your foot to articulate naturally and cushioning impact for smooth striding on mellower terrain.

Featured throughout the entirety of the Trail Series and the on Atlas Fitness snowshoe, LRS showcases Atlas’ proven ergonomic articulation – for optimal  performance on variable terrain – while allowing the V-Frame tail to drop, shedding snow and delivering a smooth, natural stride.

Check out the video below and see for yourself how Light-Ride Suspension delivers a smooth ride, efficient stride, and confident footing. 

Hybrid Construction

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The Iphone 6, Surface Pro 3, Lithium-ion Battery, Xbox One and Bluetooth interface are all amazing 21st century breakthroughs. In an era of technological advancement, the outdoor industry is keeping pace. Engineers within the snow sports industry have been hard at work looking for new innovations to enhance the users experience. Atlas Snow-Shoe Company is a firm believer that better technology enables a better snowshoe experience. With over 19 patents, Atlas has continued the search for a better, lighter, more durable construction. This year, Atlas is proud to announce its hybrid construction.

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Hybrid construction is making its debut with the new 2014 backcountry snowshoe, the Atlas Endeavor. Engineered as a lighter more compact design than previous backcountry snowshoes, the Endeavor decking is composed of partly aluminum and mostly composite materials. Shedding weight and mass allows for added maneuverability. Additionally, injection molded composite decking takes excess material and puts it back into the mold to reduce waste and increase molded traction ridges.

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Aggressive molded traction in the aft decking.

With this unique design, the Endeavor is classified as a non-traditional snowshoe. The construction incorporates perimeter traction rails with Spring-Loaded Suspension and the flex of an elliptically formed nose. These three characteristics work in unison allowing the frame to conform naturally to the terrain.

Elliptically formed nose allows flex in the frame.
Elliptically formed nose allows flex in the frame.

Breakthroughs like hybrid technology have helped to grow the sport of snowshoeing. Measuring up to 21st century standards, Atlas continues to push the limits of what’s achievable with a pair of snowshoes.

-The Atlas Team