Cross Country Ski Technique – Excellent Technique for Everyone

Excellent Technique for Everyone


Your gear will have a big impact on how easy it is for you learn to ski like a pro. If you want to ski with the high efficiency techniques we describe, you'll need race-style equipment.


These articles will help you set up your wax space, learn about different types of waxes, get started with applying wax and optimize your kick and glide waxes in a wide range of conditions.


Classic skiing is what most people imagine when they think of cross-country skiing. There are 3 classic ski techniques: Diagonal Stride, Double Pole, and Kick Double Pole. Learn them in that order.


There are 5 skate ski techniques or 'gears'. Low gears have more power and are good for climbing hills. Higher gears are for faster terrain and conditions. Learn offset and one skate first.

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XC Ski Nation

XC Ski Nation is our subscription membership site for cross-country skiers. It has an extensive video course library, where we use slow motion video analysis to break down and explain classic and skate ski techniques.

  • Technique Explainer Courses
  • Demo videos with top skiers
  • Video technique analysis for members
  • Drills and Skills
  • Member community forum with skiers from around the world.