Learning some cross country skiing basics will give you a great reason to get outdoors and participate in Minnesota outdoor activity. Cross country skiing is a wonderful way to stay in shape and it is a winter activity that you can do for your whole life.
Some national statistics show that participation in cross-country skiing has declined in recent years, however it remains very popular in Minnesota.
The appeal of cross country skiing is that, once you're proficient, you can go anywhere, at your own pace.
Cross-country skiing can be a slow, gentle and reflective way of experiencing the outdoors in winter. It can also be an adrenaline-pumping and competitive sport.
Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed in a wide variety of forms. It may be called "Nordic skiing," "ski touring," "track skiing," "skate skiing," "backcountry skiing," or "telemarking."
To really enjoy cross-country skiing and its fitness benefits, it is important to learn some cross country skiing basics such as:
Minnesota has some of the most extensive networks of cross-country ski trails in the U.S.
The basic technique or rhythm of classic cross country skiing is kick, stride and glide. The kick puts pressure on the center of the ski so it makes firm contact with the snow. The kick is accomplished while keeping your hip, and thus your weight, forward over the ski.
The next movement is to stride with the other ski. This is done by shifting the opposite hip forward and launching into a glide. The tracks that are set into a groomed trail help to stabilize a skiier and allow you to concentrate on perfecting your diagonal stride.
Learning cross country skiing basics does take some time. If you are in reasonably fit condition, you should be able to become proficient in about 10 days by spending some time each day to focus on one aspect of skiing: the stride, poling, snowplowing, and step-turns.
Minnesota's public cross-country ski trails.
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