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CROSS COUNTRY SKIING OFF-TRAIL
Whether exploring the forest, gliding across your local golf course, or taking your dog or family for a stroll in the park, off-trail cross country skiing offers endless opportunities to exercise, explore, and enjoy the outdoors throughout the winter months.
CHOOSE YOUR SKIING STYLE
When cross country skiing off-trail, skiers can practice in varied terrain from groomed tracks to unpacked snow on rolling terrain to steeper backcountry approaches. This is the middle-ground between alpine touring and classic cross country skiing.
In terms of technique and terrain, Touring is most similar to traditional Classic Skiing with an emphasis on varied terrain and snow conditions. For nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, this easy, accessible activity offers a fun, efficient, and versatile alternative to snowshoeing.
While similar to Cross Country Touring, Backcountry Touring emphasizes moving into more adventurous and often steeper terrain and has many similarities to Alpine Touring. The equipment provides more downhill ski-ability with features such as: moderate tip rocker, full-length metal edges, and increased sidecuts. Some BC skis feature removable climbing skins for more efficient ascents.
IMPORTANT: Before moving into uncontrolled backcountry terrain, increased attention, education, and equipment geared toward safe backcountry travel practices and the mitigation of avalanche risks should be considered mandatory. Visit your local avalanche center or the National Avalanche Center for more info.
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.