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While chapters on classic and freestyle skate technique form the core of the book, there is ample guidance on choosing and understanding gear, dressing for the elements, safety and even handy checklists for creating backcountry first-aid and repair kits. There is also a brief chapter on cross-country skiing with kids, outlining the various types of carriers and sleds available to parents. A useful appendix offers suggestions for additional instructional books, magazines and online resources.

The book has also got me thinking that teaching myself to skate ski is not beyond the realm of possibility. One winner will be chosen in a random drawing on Thursday, January 17 at a. To enter, simply leave a comment below.


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As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends. This post contains affiliate links to Amazon. All rights reserved. Any use or publication of content, including photos, requires express permission. Thanks for sharing. I think it will spur some great adventure and memories. You are so right: first of all, with a large family, XC is much more budget friendly.

But as you say, and more importantly, adventures, memories and more! Have fun! And, good luck.

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We love XC skiing and need more practical suggestions for getting kids out. I grew up on skinny skis but I love downhill ski families who also dig cross-country skiing. Thanks so much Rebecca! Oh goodness, I totally need this book. We tried cross country skiing for the first time last winter and it kicked our butts at first. It was actually kind of embarrassing considering how much we ski, but I totally want to figure it out more so I can ski pulling a kid or 2 or 3.

And think of the fun workout pulling a kid or 2 or 3 and their snacks! Thanks and good luck. So true! More skills does equal more fun! And this book can help you get those skills. Good luck and have fun in Canada! This looks like a fun family weekend. I am going to check out if any of our local resorts are participating. Three cheers for skinny skis! We live a few hours from the best downhill in Wyoming, which is just too much driving most of the time. Great comment about how the skills can transfer. And I agree, being close to home, getting outdoors together — a perfect family outing! We just added our second child to the mix, and it has definitely increased the likelihood of the cross country ski trip ending abruptly, but we are still getting out there!

I feel like nordic skiing is the foundation for a love of wintertime nature exploration. We like to go out and break our own trail, but have found that pulling the ski pulk makes this less desirable. In a few years, both children will be on their own two feet and we can return to the seclusion. I love your insight — nordic skiing can definitely be a foundation for a love of wintertime exploration. Enjoy this time with your little ones! Hope I win my book! Just kidding… but if the book would help…imagine an actual coaching session, available through Snow King Mountain Sports School.

Not only that, but he can coach you! That would be time well spent. We love cross country skiing and it is my first choice of skiing. But we have so little snow in South Ontario that I might have to start skiing instead. Sorry about the low snow. I hope it snows a bunch, and soon!

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Scott McGee is an excellent mountain and ski guide. He guided me and a couple others up the Grand Teton in the Grand Teton National Park, a couple of summers ago and it was a blast!

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Pole baskets: These protect the tip of the pole and need to be facing backwards when skiing to stop you going too deep into the snow. We suggest a waterproof outer layer and good quality breathable trousers, hats one for cold weather and one with a peak for sunnier days , fleece style mittens, thermal trousers, socks and a shirt to wear as an extra under layer.

The two key parts of the body to be kept warm are the head and hands. Some people also like to take goggles more useful for downhill skiing or sunglasses that filter out ultra-violet light.

Charlotte Hudson joined Headwater as the Creative Content Executive in August , managing all things content-related, including brochures, the website and newsletters. She loves nothing more than laying on a sunny beach when on holiday, but also experiencing the local culture. One of her favourite holidays was to Vietnam, where she spent three weeks travelling from the north to the south. Hi do you maybe know what kind of skies do you need if you wanna combine classic and skate style?

In general I prefer skate, but sometimes classic is also an option.


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Hi Chris, Many thanks for your comment - it's great to see that you enjoy our holidays and are so knowledgeable about cross-country skiing, particularly at Venabu. We agree it is a fabulous guided cross-country skiing destination. We're actually keen to get Headwater customers to write about their trips and experiences with us, and to share their knowledge and tips with others.

Would you be interested in this? Regards, Alessia.

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Hi Alessia, I have been reading your intro to cross country skiing with interest. I can agree with much of what you have said, but feel that you have put too much emphasis on a high level of fitness in the first blog and not enough on encouraging people of all fitness levels to try it.

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Firstly, my experience; my first real cross country skiing experience was around my 60th birthday back in at Venabu. Since that date I have done 30 weeks of Nordic skiing, most of it at Venabu, but also including Kandersteg, Leutash and Saariselka. I certainly agree that the fitter you are the more skiing you can do and the more you can enjoy it, but anybody who can do simple hill walking in the UK can learn and enjoy cross country skiing, especially if starting out at Venabu with Robert or Wenke as a guide.


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  5. Have you seen some the war veterans still coming to Venabu aged 85 plus who still enjoy their skiing for 6 to 10 Km. For the clothing you emphasise the use of synthetics as a base and intermediate layer. Synthetics are good I still use intermediate layers , but they need frequent washing to avoid smelling of stale sweat. Merino wool is by far the best for a base layer, it is warm and still warm when damp, and just as good as synthetics at regulating temperature.

    It normally lasts a week of active skiing without smelling. The best top coat I have found for cross-country skiing, after 6 years of trying, is a good quality shell jacket.