I discovered cross country skiing later than most, in high school. My buddies were doing it so decided to join them. I immediately fell in love and stuck with it the next few years. I had so much fun that I decided to make a documentary for the high school team. As the program picked up momentum, we had a chance for a provincial title. This 40 minute film follows the team through the season, leading up to the provincial finals. High School Nordic Documentary
Hey! I am thinking of going up to baker to do some cross country skiing this weekend. I have never done it before and I am looking for some advice. Is now a good time of the year to go? Where is a good place to start? Best place to rent gear?
So I live way up in the high Rockies of Colorado in a remote tiny town. I usually snowshoe around up here, but I enjoy cross country skiing and would like to get a good set of skis to vary things up in the winter. Problem is that everything I can find in Denver for sale is either for downhill skiing or just for groomed trails. I'll be out in areas where they are not groomed and also where other people do not hike so the snow won't be padded down at all. The snow can get to be 6-8' deep in some spots. There are some rolling hills, but I don't think I'll be doing anything too vertical in them. No lakes or rivers to be concerned about. I know that I need a full metal edge, but it is so hard to find a good cross country ski that is wide enough to help me float more on top of the snow. Does anybody have any advice? I went to 3 ski shops recently in Denver and in Breck trying to check out what they have, and every single one of them did not do cross country skis and had little advice to offer me. Any help with some brands to look into is so appreciated! I'm a 5'8" 150 lb female if that helps.
I enjoy skiing about as much as running so I’ll be doing it for as long as I can. But from my experiences with this previously there’s a weird disconnect between being in shape for running and xc skiing.
Like in my mind they’re still both cardio intensive sports, and I did a lot of training during the summer and a good amount of skiing for this winter.
Do any of you guys go skiing or have any ideas about this?
I have skied ever since I was a kid. I started downhill skiing and didn't start cross country skiing until my mid 20s. Most of my dislike for downhill skiing is the resort experience: waiting in lift lines, freezing your ass off on the lift, being around bragadocious bros, the drinking and the machismo, the crowded runs. Cross country skiing in the woods (not at a resort) is so much more enjoyable. I can bring my dog. I can enjoy the beautiful scenery and even avoid crowds depending on the location I choose. It feels like more of an adventure when you have to navigate a trail on your on, knowing there's no ski patrol to come rescue you. And cross country requires more skill, making easy terrain more technically challenging.
Are there any nearby crosscountry skiing areas that are still open for the season? We're fairly new beginners so looking for something like Pergatory Nordic Center or Chicken Creek, which I've read are both done for the season.
Also, any suggestions as to where we could go mountain biking for the first time ever and conditions are not too muddy now?
Edit: thanks everyone for the great info, including some trails I wouldn't have thought of! It's a busy time of the year to take this up, but I'm not able to do my normal winter activities so I'm looking forward to giving this a go :-D
Original: I could use some recommendations on where to go, where to pick up used skis, and if there are any pro tips for someone who is REALLY un-pro :)
I grew up in northern NY and went cross country skiing a couple of times as a kid, but thought it was too slow for all the effort. Now that I'm a boring grown up it seems like a good hobby to take up! I don't know where people go around here, where I might expect to find some tracks to drop into and have it be good for a beginner who probably won't be going too far (and definitely not dealing well with difficult terrain).
And are there specific stores that tend to have better used gear selections? I'm not a gear-head, I don't care if I get anything good, I just want to make sure there is enough of a selection to find something that fits and I will need a sales person to help confirm that I'm getting the right stuff.
I've lived here for a few years but haven't looked into it yet. I think a winter with my regular activities shut down is a good time to try.
I used to love cross country skiing when I was younger and as I will hopefully be going to Finland later this year (november, december) I had some questions about that sport as I might want to pick it up again.
- Are you able to do it all over Finland (will be mainly in the Turku area) or only further north?
- Is there usually enough snow in november/december?
- Are rentals (skis, shoes and sticks mainly) a thing/common and affordable and is the quality okay?
- Is there only classic skiing or also skating?
- Do you have to pay a fee to use the tracks?
- Any other information that I should be aware off?
Thank you already in advance.
Planning to take the day off tomorrow to get some cross-country skiing in, before the rain comes on Friday. I was thinking to go to either Pineland Farms or Harris Farms, but haven’t been before (in fact, haven’t been anywhere in Southern ME with groomed trails). Any thoughts on which is prettiest, which is more open fields vs woods, etc? (I’m used to just skiing in my backyard woods when I lived in the Bangor area). Thanks for any insights!
Hi, i am going on a date with a girl and we are going to do Cross country skiing. I'd like to know how hard or easy it is to do for the first time and maybe get some advice that may be useful. Thanks a lot :)