New this semester the snow shoe making class offers students a great way to try something new at extremely low cost. Nicki Warnick is teaching students how to make their own snowshoes out of PVC Pipe and Para cord.
“It’s great and very serene to put on a pair of snowshoes and just go walk around in the wilderness and just enjoy nature. The most challenging part with this is bending the PVC Pipe, and then getting it put into the jig quick enough and then hurrying and bringing the heat back down so we can cool it off while we still have the frame and the structure that we like” Outdoor Activities Advisor Nicki Warnick said.
“I really like bending the pipes to make them go into the shape of a snowshoe. When you heat the PVC Pipe, it becomes like a wet noodle, and so just being able play with that wet noodle is definitely the funnest part” Junior Jessica Jewell said.
“It’s definitely the noodely PVC experience” said Sophomore Schuylar Robinson.
After the pipe has cooled, students drill into the pipe where they will later place sports for the shoe.
Once the sports are in the pipe students get to customize their shoes with different Para-cords and straps
“This tying is really relaxing, I like it. It’s just one of those simple tasks you just get in the flow of it and just zone out and relax” Junior Aaron Hussa said.