Getting Started – Cross Country Ski Technique

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Introduction to the Primary Skate Skiing Techniques

Most self-taught skate skiers use a single technique on all terrain – uphills, downhills, and flats – their technique never changes.

You could gather half a dozen expert skiers over a bottle of wine and get six different answers to the question, “How many skate skiing techniques are there?” But most trained skiers would agree with this statement: There are 5 core skate techniques plus a variety of supplemental techniques for special circumstances such as sprinting, cornering and downhills. If you’re one of the majority of skate skiers – at least here in North America – who doesn’t yet know all the skate techniques, the best thing you can do to improve your efficiency is to expand your skate skiing toolkit.

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Introduction to Cross Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing on groomed trails, with even a moderate level of proficiency, is an experience that’s hard to put into words.

It’s definitely fast and fun, but it’s more than that. Your body movements become so graceful when cross-country skiing, it’s almost feels like you’re dancing.

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Classic vs Skate

New to cross country skiing? You need to decide whether to classic ski, skate ski or learn both.

First question: do you have access to both skate and classic ski trails?

Once you’ve got that question answered, the next most important question is, “Which appeals most to you?”

Still more questions? Read on. We’ve tried to cover them all.

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How Cross Country Skis and Wax Work

Summary: Kick wax is applied to the base of a waxable classic skis under the foot. Glide wax is applied to the tip and tail of classic skis and along the entire base of a skate ski. Sometimes incorrect ideas about cross-country ski wax become popular. In our region, for example, many skiers think Swix Polar wax is […]

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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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