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Cross-Country Skiing Tip: Stay in the Tracks

If you've never tried cross-country skiing, you're really missing out. I love that it works your entire body and gets your heart rate up, but you're moving slow enough to admire the gorgeous snowy trees and chat with a friend. It's a lot like the rhythm of walking, where you move one foot forward and plant your opposite pole, then move the other foot forward and plant the other pole. At first it can be tricky to get that basic move down, so go skiing at a resort or outdoor center that has cross-country ski trails set up. Look for the tracks a previous skier made, line your skis up with them, and stay on their tracks as you swoosh along. It's so much easier to work on your technique when your skis are guided. Once you get the flow of moving your poles and skis together down, you can venture off the tracks and slide along in fresh snow.

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turkhaven turkhaven 9 years
I went out last night in fact. We just got 14 inches of fresh snow on Tuesday and the county had already been out to groom the trails at the park. It was so beautiful. I do have a piece of advice though. Be prepared! We ended up getting very turned around and lost last night. We had to ski an hour in the dark, trying to find our way out of the woods after 7pm. Make sure you have a map of the park you are skiing in. Be sure to tell people where you are. Keep your cell phone with you, (you may or may not be able to get a signal in the woods) Have a flashlight or a headlamp with you. We got a bit scared last night and will be better prepared in the future.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I know what you mean - the skis have no metal edges, so you can't slow down the way you do with alpine skis. It can be scary trying to stop, so if all else fails, put your skis in the wedge!
Beaner Beaner 9 years
I just tried this for the firtst time and I love it! But going downhill is tough. It's not at all like downhill skiing.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I love this.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Next to snowshoeing, this is my favorite winter sport.
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