XC Skiing Downhill-The Snowplow

What goes up, must come down... Today we're sharing a simple video on the easiest of ski techniques for coming down a hill, the snowplow. This technique is very easy to learn and an important skill to have to maintain control on the downhill side of the trail. http://youtu.be/U3zD9qusM8U You can check out the other video's in our cross-country ski series by visiting our YouTube page.

XC Skiing Uphill Techniques

We're back today with our cross-country ski series. So far we've covered how to do a basic diagonal stride technique, and the double pole. The next step is to go over how to climb steep hills. When climbing hills we recommend shortening your stride and increasing your tempo to propel your body over the hill. If your skis start to slip you can also pick them up a little bit higher and "stomp" them down into the snow or change your posture to remain more upright rather than hunch forward over your skis. However, it's easy to fatigue quickly on…

The Double Pole

Today we're back on the snow with another cross-country skiing video tutorial. This one is all about the double pole technique which is used on flat terrain, slight-up hills and down-hills for increased speed and recovery. The double pole technique goes hand-in-hand with the basic diagonal stride technique and when used together (as terrain dictates) can really help propel the skier down the trails. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rw-Z6mHOFyQ

The Diagonal Stride

Today in our cross-country ski series we finally hit the trails! We've made a short how-to video designed for the beginning skier with the basic cross-country ski technique, the diagonal stride. This technique can be used on all types of terrain, under different snow conditions, and on both groomed and un-groomed terrain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rFfEEJ6lBU The best way to learn to cross-country skiing is by taking an lesson by someone trained and skilled in teaching nordic skiing (preferably someone who is PSIA, Professional Ski Instructor of America certified), or simply by skiing with someone who is a really good skier and asking…

How To Put On XC Ski Poles

Did you know that there's a right way and a wrong way to put on cross-country ski poles? One of the most common mistakes that rookie skiers make is putting their pole straps on incorrectly. It's actually very simple to put cross-country ski poles on. This 18-second video will show you how. http://youtu.be/6Fuz00lfUQI We recommend that beginning skiers spend a few hours on the snow without poles to develop balance, especially kids. If you're teaching kids to ski, pretend that the pole is a carrot and the pole strap is the rabbit's hole, and try this little saying. "The rabbit comes…

Etiquette on the XC Ski Trails

For the most part cross-country skiers are awesome...but every once in a while we encounter a skier who isn't aware of etiquette on the cross-country tracks, or just doesn't care. As part of our cross-country ski series we're diving into etiquette on the trails, whether they are groomed or ungroomed. [caption id="attachment_3655" align="aligncenter" width="584"] Etiquette on the Ski Trails[/caption] Rule #1: Be nice to other skiers. Faster skiers and skiers on the downhill have the right of way. If you that's you, it's good to politely call out "track," "hup," or my favorite method "on your left," or "on your right"…

What To Pack For a Day of Cross-Country Skiing

[caption id="attachment_3668" align="alignleft" width="190"] What's in your daypack?[/caption] As our cross-country ski series continues, earlier this week we discussed what to wear on the trails and today we're going to talk about what to pack for a day out on the trails. Since everyone packs just a little bit differently, here are a few things that are in our packs. We modify the contents of our pack based on our location, the weather, the duration of the trip and so on. If we're going to be skiing for just a few hours on groomed trails we just pack water, a…

What To Wear Cross-Country Skiing

Have you ever wondered what to wear when you go cross-country skiing? As part of our ongoing cross-country ski series we've talked about ski's, boots, bindings, and poles and how to apply both kick wax and glide wax to our skis and what to put in our wax kit. Now we're going to discuss what to wear when you cross-country ski. Since cross-country skiing is aerobic, it's not a good time to wear your downhill ski or snowmobiling clothes. The two most important things to remember are to dress in layers and avoid wearing cotton. We typically dress in 3…

What To Put in Your XC Ski Wax Kit

So, you're new to the awesomely fun sport of cross-country skiing. You've purchased a pair of skis, boots, bindings, and poles. You've checked our our tutorials on kick and glide waxing skis and the next step is to figure out just what you need to get started waxing skis. While each skier has different opinions over what needs to be in a wax kit, below is what we recommend. We like to keep things simple! For glide wax: [caption id="attachment_3648" align="aligncenter" width="584"] The basic glide wax kit. It doesn't have to be fancy, or expensive![/caption] An iron A ski bench…

How to Glide Wax Cross-Country Skis

[caption id="attachment_3581" align="alignleft" width="286"] Just like kick wax, glide wax is selected based off of snow temperature, weather conditions and humidity...yes, I store my cheaper glide waxes all together in a ziploc bag. No judging from the wax tech's out there![/caption] We recommend a good waxless touring ski for beginning skiers but even if you invest in a waxless ski, the tips and the tails of that ski need regular maintenance. With regular maintenance and waxing ski's become better and faster. On Monday we talked about applying kick wax to grip the snow and allow us to get a good kick. Today's…