Whether you choose a Skate or a Classic glide, cross country skiing on local groomed trails offers incredible cardio and strength building benefits with a heightened focus on technique and the powerful sensation of gliding across smooth, freshly groomed trails.
CHOOSE YOUR SKIING STYLE
When cross country skiing on groomed trails, there are two styles or “disciplines” to choose from: Classic and Skate. These styles share some similarities; however, each requires different equipment and techniques.
In terms of technique, Classic Skiing is the most simple and accessible for beginners. This technique can be applied both on groomed trails and off-trail and consists of a parallel gliding style that’s comparable to an everyday walking stride.
Our wide variety of waxless Classic skis offer incredible ease-of-use without the need for special waxes or ski prep.
As the name implies, the Skate Skiing technique is closer to that of inline skating or ice skating. The technique is only practiced on groomed trails and consists of a pushing-off motion that propels the skier forward. There are speed and glide advantages to Skate Skiing vs that of Classic, however the rhythmic V-shaped technique requires a bit more practice to perfect.
Selecting the right outerwear is critical to a fun, comfortable cross country experience. Because cross country skiing is an aerobic-focused winter activity, selecting lightweight outerwear that balances warmth with breathability is key.
The practice of layering wind and water-resistant outerwear with moisture-wicking mid and/or base layers emphasizes comfort and warmth. Layering allows you to adjust on the fly and avoid overheating and/or getting too cold as your body temperature fluctuates based on your level of exertion.
Our Poursuite, Softshell, and 37.5 apparel ranges offers breathable, moisture-wicking, and packable layers to keep you warm and dry.