Your Guide To Cross Country Skiing

Cross country (XC) skiing, one of the "Nordic" skiing sports, which are defined by skiing without your heel connected to the binding, is one of the most rewarding outdoor activities in winter. Cross country offers low-impact b

ut effective aerobic exercise, quality time with friends or family (or the solitude of solo skiing) and is a great way to check out the scenery. Some even use it as a form of transportation during the winter months. You may find yourself drawn to cross country and the equipment; however some of the terms might seem a little overwhelming at first. So we've set up a run-down of the basics. There is a wide variety of terrain you can cross country ski. Aside from designated cross-country areas you can ski in parks, golf courses or hiking trails. Sometimes even on snow-coated paved roads. Think about what style of terrain you'll most be traveling and also how often. This will help you decide whether to rent, lease or buy cross country ski equipment and what style to look for:
 

 

Take a lesson!

Take a lesson! While cross country skiing is relatively easy to learn, you want to make your first tracks under the supervision of a licensed instructor. Have you ever used the cross country machine at the gym? Done online or ice skating? That's a plus, but lessons will help you get the most out of it. A group lesson might be fun, but you can also find private instructors. A great place to start? The resort or, of course, the experts at your local ski shop

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