Cross-country skiing for beginners
December 10, 2018
Boulder Junction is a perfect place to experience the wonders of cross-country skiing. New to the sport? Here are a few tips to get you started:
Hold the poles
It sounds simple (and it is), but this one’s important: be sure the grip of the pole fits comfortably in your hands and the strap is looped under your palm.
Start by walking around your boots while using the poles. Get a feel for the rhythm of the polling motion.
Slide and glide
Find a flat place to practice the skiing motion. Take it easy – just try to find a rhythm with the skis and poles.
Yes, you will fall. And yes, it’s a good idea to practice falling. Just bend your knees and lower yourself to the ground. This is something you can – and should – do when you are going downhill and feel you are starting to lose control of your speed.
Find a small hill – make sure it has a very gradual slope – and practice your hill technique. Keep your knees flexed and your poles behind you as you glide down the hill. On your way back up, walk with your skis in a herringbone pattern. Practice the above until you are comfortable and feel confident enough to hit the trails.
Ready for your first excursion? Learn more about Boulder Junction’s cross-country ski trails here.