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 Find Your Kick Zone

Kick zone? What's that? Well, if you're new to the sport of cross-country skiing today's blog post is all about the kick zone. The kick zone is the part of your ski under the binding and forward of the binding where you apply wax so that the ski grips the snow allowing you to move forward without sliding backwards. Sounds simple, right? For beginning skiers we recommend a good waxless touring ski, so you don't have to mess with kick wax. But, let's be honest some of us prefer to apply kick wax. Here's a short 25-second video tutorial on how to…

How to Select Cross-Country Ski Poles

First, a big congratulations to our rollerski winners, we're giving one pair to the University of Wyoming ski team and the other to the awesome Doug. ***** As part of our cross-country ski series last week we discussed how to acquire cross-country ski equipment. Finding the perfect pair of poles, boots, bindings and ski can be daunting for someone new to the sport. We like to keep it simple when it comes to equipment. Today we're continuing on with a quick chart about how to select the perfect pair of ski poles. And stay tuned, later this week we'll discuss…