Tromping through deep snow with your snowshoes on is hard work and it feels pretty good to sit down once in a while and take a break.

Plopping down in the snow isn’t an option. Not only is it cold, but you’re also going to end up with wet pants. Plus, if you’re grabbing some lunch or hanging around a fire while you’re out on the trail, it’s nice to have a decent place to rest while you grab some food.

Here’s a trick that takes less than a minute and requires no extra gear.

Grab your snowshoes and place the tips so they’re facing each other.

Stick the right tip through the toe cutout on the left shoe and hook the left crampon tip over that right tip so it locks it in.

Now spread the shoes so the heels are apart. This creates a flat base for your seat.

Lastly, stuff the snowshoe heels into the snow so they’ll give a stable base.

You can use an extra shirt layer from your pack to give your seat some padding and insulation. I use an old poly pad that I cut and taped. It’s lightweight and I always carry it in my pack regardless of the season.

*One note on snowshoe variations: I’m using Atlas Frontier snowshoes that are 36″ long (now discontinued). You may have to modify these steps to get your snowshoes to lock together. Just play around with it and you’ll figure it out.

**If you’re looking for snowshoes, Atlas makes quality stuff. I’ve had these for over 14 years and put tons of miles on them (many of those miles were carrying a heavy pack). Here’s the newer model that I recommend: Apex-MTN.