"She started out on snowshoes but quickly abandoned them. I guess she feels the same way I do about them."
Unlike you and your mom I *love* snowshoes and snowshoeing so I'm curious about this. Not trying to make converts of you or anyone else to my snowshoe religion, nor dissing other religions such as skiing (any denomination) or biking (I have dabbled in all those religions and can envision circumstances where I might even become a convert to one or more of them some day).
I'm just trying to reconcile 'lots of snow' and 'making progress in said snow without snowshoes'. So I probably misread it. I didn't think you meant "she switched from snowshoes to skis"? So was she maybe on a trail that was packed enough to bare-boot it? Or did she just gave up on the woods entirely and stay in the parking lot?
Yeah, she was on a packed trail, with the possibility of having to venture off into deep snow if the dog pulled her there. I would say that the snowshoes were more for protecting the trail from potholing than for ease of travel, given the dog's disinterest in the deep snow.
I can certainly see utilitarian reasons for snowshoeing but I have never actually had to get from A to B through more snow than I could ski or run through, so I have never had the pleasure of really needing to use them.