6 Steps to Prepare for Cross-Country Skiing

4) Take a Class

Whether or not you need to take a class really depends on the type of athlete you are and how you prefer to learn. If you know how to downhill ski, you can probably try the sport on your own. A cross-country course can be helpful for learning how to use the tracks on a groomed trail, how to safely navigate a descent on a narrow trail, and how to climb the inevitable hill.

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5) Select "Classic" or "Skating" Skis

Classic skis require that the athlete uses a forward stride technique. When skating, the person will ski in a "V" pattern, much like ice skating. Kuznia says, "Bikers want instant gratification and tend to like the skating skis." 

In contrast, Kuznia further explained that runners have more patience and look at classic skiing as a good skill to develop. If you can't make up your mind, resorts may let you switch equipment during the day for no charge or a small fee. Regardless, both types of skiing require overall body awareness and the ability to get your hips and back aligned properly.  

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6) Buy Equipment

If you ski eight or more times a year, you can justify purchasing your own equipment. Many resorts sponsor pre-season equipment sales or swaps. If you've passed that point in the season you can purchase online. However, you need to know exactly what equipment you want. For example, some skis may be too stiff and the spring-like quality may prove overly tiring. A good store in your local area can provide valuable support in making the right initial decision, and help you as your skills progress.

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