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What to Wear

Cross-country skiing is a famously aerobic activity. You’ll generate a lot of heat and moisture, so it’s best to dress in layers. Summary: Each layer must be breathable Add extra mid-layers for warmth, if needed Your outermost jacket and pants should be windproof on the front side and breathable on the back panels Carry as […]

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How to Diagonal Stride [Video]

Diagonal Stride is the primary classic cross-country ski technique. It’s used mainly on uphills, but beginners use it on flats and even downhills. This is the technique that makes people say, “If you can walk, you can cross-country ski.” That’s because your arms and legs move in opposition, the same way as when you walk or run. It’s the […]

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How to Double Pole [Video]

Double Pole Once you get the hang of diagonal striding, you’ll start to “spin out” on flats, downhills and even slight uphills. You’re moving too fast for diagonal stride and you need to switch to a “gear” that has less power and is better for higher speeds. Enter double pole technique. Because you don’t push your skis against […]

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