Cross Country Skiing Basics

Here are some cross country skiing basics if you're interested in getting started with this rewarding winter sport. 

Dress Warmly
Yes, you'll be moving and you'll work up a sweat, but it's still winter and there's snow on the ground, so you'll want to have clothing to keep you warm. Dress in layers so that you can take off what you don't need. Never under dress though; one wrong turn and you could need that coat to keep you warm through the night. Try to avoid cotton clothing, which takes a very long time to dry once wet.

Hydrate and Bring Snacks
You'll be amazed at how thirsty you'll get while cross country skiing. Remember that it's an aerobic workout and it's easy to get dehydrated quickly, especially since you may not be as hot as if you were working out in the summer. Keep ample water and a few extra snacks with you. It's a good idea to be prepared in the event you spend a little more time out there than you had planned.

Learn the Cross Country Skiing Basics
Being comfortable on cross country skis is essential to having fun. It may take some practice until you're comfortable with the building blocks, but once you've mastered a few skills, you'll be prepared for a more lengthy cross country skiing trek. These include gliding on your cross country skis, being able to shift your weight, edging (which means tilting your edges into the snow), steering and stopping.

Learn How to Wax Your Skis
Being able to wax your skis and knowing which wax to use can save you a lot of time and trouble when it's time to head outdoors. Give yourself plenty of time to get comfortable with a wax iron and read up on the different types of ski wax available for different conditions.

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