This year it took a long time for snow to arrive in the Sierras, but it’s finally here — and occasionally mixed with rain. That combination creates lots of slippery ice areas on slopes and trails, or even when strolling from the rental cabin to your car. It’s easy to find yourself in a slapstick moment, sliding over ice while flapping your arms as you try desperately to stay erect.

Under these conditions a sturdy and reliable pair of traction devices, which slip over your shoes or boots, will not only keep you from slipping, sliding and falling on your bum, but allow you to walk with confidence.

An excellent choice for both men and women is the Summit, the top-line product from Yaktrax, a company that specializes in traction devices for snow and ice.

With 3/8-inch triangular carbon steel spikes that dig deep into packed snow and ice, the Summit provides a strong, confidence-inspiring grip on trails and sloped surfaces.

A patented closure system offers an exceptionally secure fit, segmented sole plates flex with your foot to prevent irritating snow buildup, and the Summit is known for being easy on/easy off. It comes in four sizes to fit over most footwear. Weight: 17 ounces/pair. $90.

For more casual use, Yaktrax’s Pro allows you to walk, work and even run on packed snow and ice just as you do normally on a dry surface.

Rather than spikes, the Pro uses an abrasion- resistant steel coil system that provides 360 degrees of traction. A removable strap and a natural rubber outerband provide a flexible and secure fit.

For men and women; comes in four sizes. Weight: 4.7 to 7.6 ounces/pair. $30. Visit yaktrax.implus.com for more information.