Cross – Country skiing is a great form of cardio workout, and the best excuse to be outside after all this that we’ve spent inside in this pandemic. There are two types of cross-country skiing – Classic Skiing and Skate Skiing. Classic Skiing is a more favourable option for beginners and families on vacation. It’s the simple forward and back striding motion, and can be performed easily by anyone. Skate Skiing can be attempted by those people who have been skiing for quite a while. It’s a fun activity that’s exactly like what speed skaters do on ice. If you’re a beginner then this is not for you. Equipment for Classic Skiing and Skate Skiing are mostly the same and differ only by a bit in order to account for the changes in speed.
Cross-Country Skiing Accessories : Classic Skiing
In this category, three types of skis are available :
Cross-Country Touring skis
These are generally long and Lightweight skis that have been designed for skiing on groomed trails. For beginners to use these, they are sometimes made shorter so that they become easier to control.
Race and Performance Classic Skis
They are basically the same as the touring skis but are suitable for faster skiing across the slopes. They have a stiffer flex which makes them a bit tougher to handle.
Metal Edge Touring Skis
They are made for skiing off track or on steeler terrain. They have metal edges that make for better grip on icy tracks. They come in shorter but wider sizes to increase control and give them more stability. They also have a better sidecut that enhances their turning ability on steeper slopes.
Cross Country Skiing Accessories: Skater Skiing
They come off as light, skinny and strong. They’re generally 10 inches shorter than Skis used for Classic Skiing. They’re not designed for easy skiing as you can do with classic skies and therefore should be handled carefully.
How To Choose The Right Size Cross-Country Skis
Make sure to choose skis that can support the weight of your body and help you glide on the slopes more easily. If your ski is too short then you won’t be gliding like you should and if it’s too long then your grip won’t be proper.
Other equipment needed
Camber is the bow of the ski with which you can navigate your ski on the slopes. Classic Skis usually have double Cambers while Skate Skis have a single camber.
1)Single Camber :
They’re usually more lightweight and help in distributing the entire weight of the skier more evenly. They increase precision and help in enhancing the overall speed of the Skate Ski more.
2)Double Camber :
They’re used with Classic Skis and focus more on gliding smoothly on the slopes rather than acceleration. The equal weight of the Double Cambers make for a fun and enjoyable gliding on the slopes.
b) Ski Flex :
Ski Flexes are basically used to define the stiff and sturdiness of a ski’s camber and help in increasing speed and accuracy of the skis along the trails. Soft Flexing Skis make for smooth gliding while stiff flex helps in increasing speed.
c) Ski Boots :
Ski Boots are basically special boots designed for just skiing. To properly enjoy skiing, finding the best boots for you is very essential to the entire experience as ill fitted boots will cause discomfort and ruin all your fun. Remember to wear wool socks while trying on the boots, as they ensure proper fitting. The ideal boots for skiing will be the perfect combination of flexibility and rigidity that will help in turning and stopping.