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Shoes to wear in snow

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Shoes to wear in snow

Can you please let me know which shoes may be great for walking around in snowy/icy conditions. We will be in Queenstown, Wanaka, Laek tekapo in June. As we live in a warm climate, we don't want to spend a fortune on hiking boots. How will we go with joggers, sandshoes (not sure what you call them in NZ).

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Kate

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1. Re: Shoes to wear in snow

Hi KrazyKate

If you're doing any walking in snow you definitely need waterproof footwear. However if you don't plan to go up to the ski fields, which don't open till late June anyway, then you should be fine. It seldom snows in Queenstown or Wanaka (perhaps once a year) and not often in Tekapo either.

However the roads and footpaths can be slippery from ice so as long as your joggers have a good rubber grip they should be fine.

And to ensure your toes are kept really cosy, you can get some wonderfully warm possum socks :)

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2. Re: Shoes to wear in snow

"The Warehouse" each winter bring out a range of "snowwear" footwear. These have a gumboot sole and a synthetic upper. They are currently in our shops and retail for around $20.

WE bought a pair last year when we got caught out in the snow in Queenstown and now wear them under our rainwear to the footy.

Joggers or sandshoes in the snow are going to lead to cold, wet, icy and very uncomfortable feet.

There is a big "Warehouse" in frankton about 10 km east of Queenstown, they are bound to have them.

GUmboots which whilst not attractive are very functional are only about $15 at the warehouse as well. If you dont want to take them home you havent spent much if you leave them behind.

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3. Re: Shoes to wear in snow

Footwear that supports your ankles is what you are looking for. If you have to walk on snow etc leather shoes will keep the damp out for a brief period.

Remember to walk a little slower and not to turn suddenly on icy / slippery ground.

As for it rearly snowing in Queenstown Wanaka and Tekapo. That has to be a mistake. As these towns are alpine towns which during the winter are ski resorts????

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4. Re: Shoes to wear in snow

Hi KrazyKate

Yes you need waterproof shoes - snow and joggers/sandshoes do not mix.

As posted by Wanaka - cold wet feet are not a good look and definitely will lead to a miserable trip - and I know I am going to restart this whole possum socks thing again - but yes they are well worth getting - just to keep your feet warm if nothing else! You don't want a dose of chillblans to remember your trip by.

As to walking on ice - you need a good tread on the soles of your shoes and as previously said - no sudden moves.

You would be supprised at the number of people who end up with a Collies’ fracture (wrist fracture) from falling on ice (caused when you put your hands out to save yourself when you fall).

Hope you have a fun, warm and safe trip to our winter wonderland

cheers

Kiwi

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"As for it rearly snowing in Queenstown Wanaka and Tekapo. That has to be a mistake. As these towns are alpine towns which during the winter are ski resorts????"

It snows plenty on the ski slopes, but seldom snows down at the lower altitude of the towns. Yes, we had a big dump of snow last winter but that's actually quite rare.

So as I mentioned earlier, if they don't venture onto the ski slopes they shouldn't encounter too much snow to slog through.

Which reminds me, KrazyKate, be careful when driving between Wanaka and Tekapo. There is often snow and ice on the Lindis Pass.

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6. Re: Shoes to wear in snow

Well, after just saying it seldom snows down here in town, the Council just issed a heavy snow warning...

"A heavy snow warning issued tonight by the MetService could see snow down to lake level in the Queenstown Lakes District tomorrow morning, Queenstown Lakes District Council emergency management officer Brenden Winder said.

“We don’t anticipate this will be heavy snow down at lake level but nevertheless people should be prepared and carry chains and listen in to local radio stations in the morning for any cancellation notices or messages,” Mr Winder said.

With up to 10cm of snow forecast down to 400-500 metres it was likely the thicker snowfall would be confined to higher hilly areas and the Crown Range Road."

And it's only May!!

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7. Re: Shoes to wear in snow

Hi Wanaka

Not unheard of snow in May - 12 years ago we had snow at the end of May - I remember very clearly - was stuck in hospital having number one child at the time - not much else to do but watch the weather at the time!

But the 'big' snow a couple of years ago was in early June - and June is only 11 days away!

Keep warm down south

cheers

Kiwi

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