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How to Cross-Country Ski

Cross-country skiing is a great way to exercise and have some fun in the snow, and it's not as a hard as it looks.


  • Step 1: Put on your equipment Make sure your equipment fits properly before you go out and learn. Put your boots on, and then lock the toes of your boots into each ski.
  • TIP: Start out on flat terrain with a moderate amount of snow.
  • Step 2: Practice a walking motion Replicate a normal walking stride with your skis. Set one ski forward about 6 inches and then set the other 6 inches ahead of the first.
  • Step 3: Get your poles involved Use your poles with your skis. Stick one pole ahead of you comfortably and pull the opposite ski ahead. Repeat with the other ski.
  • TIP: Your poles are essential tools in cross-country skiing, so use them to help you balance while you're learning.
  • Step 4: Get into a rhythm Synchronize your poles with your steps and strive for a good rhythm.
  • Step 5: Try to glide Glide your skis across the snow now that you've mastered the walking. Instead of picking up your skis and stepping them forward, glide them on the snow, making sure to keep your rhythm.
  • Step 6: Push ahead Transfer your weight over your forward ski so that when you push ahead you can pull your back ski in front of you instead of pushing it. Continue to transfer your weight over the ski that is moving forward.
  • Step 7: Combine these skills Work these skills into a rhythm and you'll see how effortless it can be once you're gliding and using your body more than your legs and feet.
  • FACT: The most snowfall recorded in a day was 76 inches in Silver Lake, Colorado, in 1921.

You Will Need

  • Cross-country ski boots
  • skis and poles
  • Large area with snow
  • Winter clothing

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