Continuing Education

A professional lesson is the best way to begin cross-country skiing.  Firm grounding in basic technique leads to skiing proficiency more quick and increases enjoyment of this great winter sport.  Joining a local ski club also offers excellent opportunities to practice new skills and learn from experienced skiers.  For further development, we recommend the following aids to self directed learning:

Books: “Cross-country Skiing: building skills for fun and fitness” by Steve Hindman; The Mountaineers, 2005.   Comprehensive treatment of all aspects of cross-country from racing to backcountry travel.  The descriptions of basic and advanced technique are excellent.  If you want just one book on cross-country skiing, this is it.

Videos:  thousands of cross-country skiing videos are posted on youtube, vimeo and other sites.  These selections are among the best at explaining and demonstrating basic technique.

Classic (Diagonal Stride) Technique:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gqb09bLVdoM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkczIolX0vM

Free Style (Skate) Technique:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brGZlZkCwyk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUBGWDUM4Ck&index=12&list=PLnryNkrTieonriKmmeFQcLiV-Gjjm5OGV

Telemark Turns:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1U8jiKghcAg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvitKHeLl-4