Guides to XC, Backcountry Skiing and Snowshoeing

Stay in Form during the Off-Season

How to Stay in Form during the Off-Season? An XC Skier’s Guide

Skiers are made in the summer. It is their off-season ski training routine that enables them to give their best performance and enjoy the most out of their ski season – those few months that every skier eagerly waits for. In order to stay in form during the off-season, you need to have a general …

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Jessie Diggins

The 6 Most Inspiring Female Cross-Country Skiers of All Time

As our favorite sport, that is cross country skiing requires not only the fittest of the fittest even on a recreational level, but also an incredible amount of persistence and talent, you might not be surprised how great of an exertion it is what our top cross-country skiing athletes perform in a professional level. Probably …

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Where is XC Skiing Most Popular

A Country for Skinny Skis: Where is XC Skiing Most Popular?

Cross country skiing is gaining popularity with each passing season. It has grown from a sport belonging to certain snowy slopes to countries around the world that produce the finest XC athletes along with the best skiing terrain – both groomed and ungroomed. XC skiing is extremely popular in Norway, Canada, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Russia, …

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Ski Bindings

Which is the Most Popular Type of Cross Country Ski Binding Types and Why?

Your preference for a XC ski binding mainly depends upon the choice of your ski boots, the type of skiing you prefer, as well as the terrain you will be skiing on. It helps immensely if you select the right kind of cross country ski bindings for your ski trip. The most popular type of …

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Ski Pole Straps

How to Adjust Pole Straps for Cross Country Skiing?

A well-adjusted ski pole could make a huge difference in alleviating your skiing experience. You must adjust the pole straps properly to enjoy a poling motion so that your pole generates maximum power and takes the burden off your hands and arms. When adjusting pole straps for cross country skiing, the hand should be placed …

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What Muscles Do Cross Country Skiers Use

What Muscles Do Cross Country Skiers Use?

Cross-country skiing is a full-body workout. It involves different sets of muscles including biceps, triceps, pectorals, (upper and lower) back muscles, abdominals, obliques, quads, hamstrings, gluteal, calf muscles, leg abductors, and adductors. At a moderate pace, you can burn around 475 calories per hour while enjoying cross country skiing. Cross country skiing demands multiple and …

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Metal-Edge Skis

Metal-Edge Skis and What Are They For?

Metal-Edge Skis are generally shorter, wider, slightly heavier, and more rugged than your average Nordic touring or backcountry ski. As the name suggests, they have metal edges that give them a sturdier grip in deeper snow. The metal-edge skis are specially designed for navigating on much steeper trails and terrain. They are used for out …

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Cross Country Skiing

Aerobic or Anaerobic: The Physiology of Cross-Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is seen as one of the most physically demanding, high endurance sports. While Nordic skiing, the faster you ski the harder it gets on your muscles as they require more oxygen to keep up with the pace. This is when the continuous balance act of aerobic and anaerobic metabolisms come into play. Aerobic …

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Cross Country Skiing

How To Stay In Control When Going Downhill With XC Skis?

Going downhill during XC skiing can be a daunting task for strong or intermediate Nordic skiers as well as beginners. Even the experienced Alpine skiers get perplexed with the difficulty level of Nordic downhill skiing, as they find it hard to transfer their skills to cross-country skiing, which involves slower speeds during downhill – a …

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Cross Country Boot

Cross Country Ski Boot Sizing – Guide to Find the Best Fit

One cannot emphasize enough on how important it is to wear the right size ski boots for cross country skiing. For starters, a perfect fit will ensure that you stay comfortable, warm, and perform at an optimum level, during cold temperatures and high physical exertion. This guide aims to educate you on everything you need …

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Cross Country Skiing Dress

What Should I Wear To Go Cross Country Skiing?

Cross-country skiing is meant to generate heaps of body heat, given its aerobic aspects. Whatever quality or brand you choose, it should do the basic function of protecting you adequately from cold and freezing temperatures. Concurrently, it also needs to circulate your body heat so you do not get hypothermic or chilled when your body …

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