Cross Country Ski Touring is a form of skiing used for transportation across a flat terrain, not competition. It is also known as Nordic Skiing or Skating.

The skis are long and thin with aluminum edges and a metal core – sometimes made entirely out of metal.

They have small metal “cleats” on the bottom designed to grip ice and snow (similar to those found on ice-hockey shoes).

Cross Country Ski Touring can be enjoyed by people of all levels: from first-time skiers to experienced XC competitors and Olympic athletes. However, it is normally the most experienced country ski tourers who can travel a long distance.

Some people use touring skis as their primary method of travel year-round; while others reserve them for exercise in winter only as a form of outdoor activity.

Recreational Cross Country Ski Touring

Recreational Cross Country Ski Touring is rapidly gaining popularity as a form of summer recreation that gives you a challenging workout and a chance to experience the beauty of nature.

It is also an enjoyable family activity with children as young as age two can join in – learning new skills such as “double-poling” (a technique used by more experienced skiers where one ski pole is held on each side of the body at all times). However, there are some areas that have hills suitable for XC Ski Touring – if you’re going to tour long distances, then you will need a pair of touring skis or a wide variety of waxable classic skis.

Image of a cross country skier skiing towards the sun
What Is Cross Country Ski Touring?


Can I use touring skis for cross-country skiing?

Yes, you can use touring skis for cross-country skiing. There is not a lot of difference apart from the width of the ski and what the edges are made out of. If you choose to use touring skis for cross-country skiing, we recommend that you purchase a pair with metal edges.

Is cross country skiing a good exercise?

Yes, this is an excellent exercise. You can burn up to 300 – 600 calories per hour (or more) and you will never get bored because there are so many beautiful views along the way!

How hard is cross country skiing?

Cross country skiing is not as difficult as it may seem at first glance. With only a few days of practice and instruction from an expert, anyone can learn how to enjoy skiing.
This activity has been enjoyed by people around the world and all over North America – both young and old alike!

What makes a touring ski?

Narrower skis 
Typically 95 mm or less at the waist – These are better for longer tours and much more efficient for uphill travel.
Stiffer flex
These skis are stiffer and will not bend as easily as a recreational ski. This means that they can glide more efficiently, are easier to control, and help you stay standing up when going uphill.

Are touring skis expensive?

Touring skis vary greatly in price – from the high-end carbon fiber race skis for $800+ down to our economy models at less than $500!

What are the 2 styles of cross country skiing?

The classic and skate are the two styles of skiing techniques. Both are carried out on groomed ski runs, but they require different gear, and skiers employ various lower-body movements to propel themselves forward. The typical technique is similar to that of walking or jogging.

Can you cross-country ski without a trail?

Yes, you can cross-country ski without a trail. The main difference is, that there are no prepared trails to follow which means you will have to make your own tracks.
This is normally reserved for the most experienced and the most adventurous as this is quite hard to do.

Can you downhill ski with cross country skis?

Yes, you can downhill ski with cross country skis. However, it can be quite challenging and reserved for those who are experienced and able to adapt their technique according to their surroundings and ski type.

Why don’t cross-country skis have edges?

The reason why cross country skis don’t have edges is down to the fact that metal edges are undesirable because they make the ski heavier and stiffer (typically toughens it).
The metal greatly increases the number of friction points on a ski which makes them ineffective.

Is skate skiing harder than classic?

Yes, the skate technique is harder than the classic technique. This is because it takes a lot longer to master and get right. However, it does give the skater more pace, and with more pace comes much faster speeds.
The more you practice the faster you will get and thus, the more enjoyable the whole experience is.

What is the difference between cross-country skiing and skiing?

The difference between cross country and downhill skiing from a technical standpoint is that in cross country skiing, only the toe of your boot is linked to your ski.
In downhill skiing, the entire boot is connected to the ski by means of a binding. Cross-country skiers can traverse a variety of terrains because they are able to go up and down them.

What is the difference between cross-country and backcountry skiing?

The distinction is that backcountry skis are most at ease in deep and fresh snow, rather than on parallel tracks.
This is the most distinctive form of Nordic Skiing and it’s particularly common in Scandinavia.

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