At times, I feel like my sport has a bad rap. People often think that Cross Country skiing is “nerdy” or for those that are “too scared or timid” to downhill ski. I would like to disseminate some of those myths by providing you with a list of 17 reasons why I think YOU should try Cross Country skiing if you haven’t already. If you’ve already tried it, I would urge you to give it a second, if not third chance if you haven’t already fallen in love with it! Read on down the list and you’ll see why…
- Cross Country skiing is the best FULL BODY workout — arms, legs, core, heart!
- XC skiing is low impact on your body. If you have joint pains or injuries, Nordic Skiing is body-friendly.
- No lift lines!
- You won’t get cold on the chairlift ride up.
- It’s way more affordable than downhill skiing.
- At certain trailheads you can even take your dog.
- It’s peaceful and allows for an opportunity for stress relief and/or self-reflection.
- It can be fast-paced and daring if you want it to (steep hills with big turns on skinny skis and no metal edges!!!).
- Spandex while skiing is fun (but also highly optional).
- Skiing in fresh tracks feels like cutting through silk.
- It’s a great family sport for all ages.
- There are many places to do it – established areas with groomed trails, a neighborhood park, or a Forest Service trailhead.
- There are two totally different techniques to choose from – skate or classic.
- Cross Country skiing is aerobic (it will work your heart!) but it will also work your muscles!
- You can ski and pull a small child in a Chariot (the skiing equivalent of a jogging stroller).
- You will have earned your glass of red wine and cheese at the end of the day!
- XC skiing is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re a cross country skiier, please tell us why you fell in love with the sport!