hi welcome to the video I'm Daniel and we're here in the beautiful Italian Dolomites to introduce you to the sport of cross-country skiing cross-country is a great way to get outdoors and stay fit in the winter and in this video we're going to give you a basic introduction to the sport we take a quick look at the equipment that we use and then show you the basic techniques of the classic style if you can't understand my beautiful British accent and click CC on the video bar for subtitles click on a chapter name to jump to a different chapter so this is where we schemed on a track groomed by machine the broad track is used for the skating technique and also by classic skiers when the hills get a bit steeper the main skiing technique for classic skiers is called the diagonal stride and for this we use the parallel tracks at the side the diagonal stride is the main technique that we'll be looking at in this video let's start with a quick look at the equipment though this is a cross-country ski long skinny lightweight a little bit like me and underneath in the central section there's this kind of fish-scale pattern which is used to grip into the snow while the front and backs of the skis they're smooth for gliding some more modern skis other kind of mohair skin instead of the fish scales but both do the same job which is to grip into the snow so this is the this is the boot that we use the cross-country ski boots it's relatively lightweight warm comfortable and quite flexible as well they don't look at the front of the boot there's a little metal bar here and that's how we clip into the binding and the ski just simply press down like this and you're in the heel of the of the boot stays free so yeah that's the ski in the boot Chuck I'm going and the final bit of equipment is the poles quite long because we use it for pushing was a very light weight to put them on you simply put your hand through the through the strap loop from below and then don't clip onto the poles you just kind of hold them hold them loosely and and you're good to go so yeah that's the equipment let's now have a look at how we actually ski people say that if you can walk then you can cross-country ski but unfortunately the correct technique is a little bit more complicated and simply walking with skis on to move forward on cross-country skis we push or kick against the snow and then glide and this allows us to go faster and further for their separate so as you can see here are the cross-country ski isn't actually flat it's a little bit curved we call this the camber and you remember that underneath the central section here are the fish scales so when you put your weight down on the ski those fish scales dig into the snow and that allows you then to to kick off without the ski flying off backwards so when we talk about the kick in cross-country skiing we're talking about pushing down on the snow in order to propel ourselves forward this is actually best demonstrated with just one ski all the demonstrations will be done by Ellie because she's better at this than I am so put your weight onto your right leg and kick off with your right foot this pushing off with your right foot is what we call the kick or kicking now after each kick chipped your weight onto the left leg and try to glide try and Clyde as far as possible before kicking again but we do usually ski with two skis though and we also use the poles arms to move – I can only to the legs that's why it's called the diagonal stride this is a very natural rhythm just imagine how you walk with a purposeful stride or or when you're jogging so let's put that all together and see how it looks so the rhythm is a little bit like jogging but you pause to glide a little bit each time after you kick off so it's more of a kick glide kick glide kick glide when you walk your upper body is upright and your forward arm and legs stick out in front in cross-country however the upper body should be angled forward in a more sporty posture note how the foot knee and chest are roughly in line with each other the poles are planted into the snow and around the level of the foot and not right in France this is because the poles are used to push you along well that was an introduction to skiing on the flat now let's look at what we do when we get to a hill well better for worse sooner or later you're going to be confronted with some hills so we're going to show you how to get up them first of all and the technique of getting up a hill that varies depending on how steep the hill is so on gentle slopes you keep using the standards that I can destroy that we just learned but you will have to kick off more often you won't be colliding so far going uphill as the slope gets steeper you turn the stride almost into a jog the steep hills though we abandon the classic track and use the skating track to do what we call a herringbone you put the tips of the skis out to the side in a wide v-shape and roll your ankles and knees towards each other a bit this makes the inside edges of the skis dig into the snow you place your poles behind you not in France and you walk up the hill in short steps just kind of waddling up the steeper the hill or wide your part the tips of the skis need to be this is a pretty technique but it works well what goes up must come down so in the next chapter we're going to take a look at how you ski downhill without falling one of the most frequent questions we get is how do I stop well the answer is the snow plow the snow plow is roughly the opposite technique of the herringbone that we just looked at so you again form the skis into a v-shape would be inside edges dug into the snow but this time it's the tips that are closest together again roll your ankles and knees towards each other and push out the skis the snowplow technique is also used to control your speed on Hills here you really push out the hills and alder speed to dig into the snow but further out you push the skis the more resistance you're going to get which will slow you down further make sure your poles are behind you out of the way these never use the poles to stop however tempting it may see one variant of the snow plow is the half snowplow this is used for keeping your speed in check when you're skiing down here in the parallel track simply bring one ski out of the track and put it in a snow plow position they let dig into the snow in order to slow yourself down this technique is also good for going around sharp corners on hills if the track bends left from your right speed and snowplow however you choose to go down the hill it's essential that all times to keep your upper body weight forward if your body weight isn't far enough forward and your skis are going to run away from underneath you and you end up eating snow and when you do fall because if I'm being honest it's probably only a matter of time before you do this is how you stand up first of all don't use the poles you're either going to break them or you're gonna injure yourself so just keep the poles out the way first thing to do just disentangle your skis from each other and you want to bring them in parallel with each other so we lined up together like this and you also want to run a 90 degree angle to the if they're facing down here in any way and they just can start gliding off and try and take you within so but look it's 90 degree angle holes behind you and then just bring your weight forward onto your knees and then just turn I gently stand up with a good thing about snow is that it is usually soft so please don't be afraid of taking your tongue skiing's lil bit like riding a bike it's all about balance if you're already a competent downhill skier then you'll probably find the switch to cross-country relatively easy if however you're completely new to skiing and you will need a little bit more practice but the great thing about cross-country is that you can just head out and give it a go if you do need more instruction or need more help with your technique and any space call we'll be happy to help you but I care in the Nordic arena in topler well thanks for watching I hope we've been able to inspire you to give it a go and we'll just leave you now with our top three tips or successful cross-country skiing you simply put these four into the binding like this you should be just press the boots onto the binding like this

Beginners Guide to Cross-Country Skiing
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47 thoughts on “Beginners Guide to Cross-Country Skiing

  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Thank you for the interesting video! we'll definitely try to follow your advice next time we will be doing cross country

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I love the self effacing nature of your instructions . Give us more out takes! Thanks for taking the time and effort to post this

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    If you don’t know to ski the first time would be not too nice. Specially if you have never move much muscles 💪. It took some time for me to learn. The falls are brutal !!!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    A great help for a beginner. Thanks!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Great overview! Thank you very much!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    This was so helpful, thanks!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I'm hardcore I do downhill on the black diamonds

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    i suck ass at every sport that doesnt have a ball, and skiing is my worst! i have a cross country trip in two days and im gonna fucking embarrass myself and lose a friendship or two cause all of my friends are professionals

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    V well presented indeed, huge help to me as a novice when the information is delivered this way. Well done.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Thanks for the great beginner’s introduction to xcountry skiing and the equipment. Hubby and I are in our mid 60s, trying this sport for the first time. We did well, thanks to watching you first! We are fortunate, to have plenty of snow property, between our neighbors and ourselves, we have plenty of acres to practice on. What a fun sport! I sent this video to our daughter, who wants to give it a try. Thanks again.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I learned cross country in the Marine Corps 1983. Our training started in Minnesota for 1 month then on to Bridgeport CA. All in preparation for a lovely trip to Norway. Good times. Not easy with a Mt.ruck and a rifle.
    I'am 56 and cross country Pennsylvania. Good workout for the Body,mind,and soul.
    "Sucks to get old"

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Very good!
    My late wife was British so I understood you easily. It was good to hear again.

    I have been downhill skiing since the early 1950s. But new wife won't let me go out unless it is cross country. (Due to age and condition.) So, being grateful to have her, I even listen sometimes. Thus tuning in here for the introduction to this variety of the sport.

    Because I enjoy my old habits and terminology, I was prepared for many odd new things as I began this video. But I am happy to be wrong. I can get along with everything you said and showed. The sole exception being that I will have sturdy poles that I can use to help me up from a fall, the old downhill way.

    I will be sharing this with a cousin my age who is an experienced XC skier, to see what he says.

    Thank you both for a good and pleasant video. I look forward to using what you shared with us.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    How different is it without the tracks in the snow? We live in Canada and the park next door has tons of fresh snow but it's not groomed. Is it much harder?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I put skis on for the first time in my life this week and travelled 18km in one day without any technique – VERY tiring…and painful… not knowing how to slow down my method of stopping on declines was to dive on the floor … serious!. I'm putting the skis back on tomorrow… and this video is going to helpe massively. Thank you so so much!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    You are great. Try to be less modest. You are a little too self depreciating. Be confident. It will help your videos.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I loved your funny and informative vid. Make more…. I shared it here for any newbies – https://ontarioskitrails.com/tips-on-trying-nordic-skiing/

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Great . I'm a 65 year old Brit living in Russia and I'm really enjoying learning cross country . Nice to hear a British accent on a ski video 🙂

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Thanks for the quick tutorial, and the chuckle near the end.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I went XC skiing for the first time yesterday with my wife. We watched this video before we went, and I found it to be very helpful! Thank you for taking the time to teach.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Hadn't cross country skid in a long while – very nice review. Bought a great package – Salomon women's at Play It Again Sports. Hardly used – great price too. Thanks!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Really great video for total beginners to cross country skiing – assumes nothing but explains everything including equipment; basic technique; turning; up & downhill. As an experienced downhill skier but 'Rookie" cross country skier this was perfect…thanks guys!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    i’m going tomorrow 😂 here in Norway

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Being a Canadian of some Norwegian heritage, classic cross country is almost a religion for me – so I watched your video very scrupulously. There are a thousand things I would like to add – but as a beginners guide I think you have hit all the major points. I would like to add one point, however. When engaging an aggressive decline, get those hands out of the straps on the poles. If you lose control in a fall, it is best to toss the poles away because some newbie skiers stick them out front and then can't let go because of the straps. This can cause injury or lead to you falling on your poles and being pinned down with your hands stuck in the straps. Otherwise, I think you have really thought this through and kept the information to the most critical for beginner skiers.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Excellent Video! Simple and clear. Thank you for sharing.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    A very helpful video teaching this old dog a new trick.
    I've been skiing for years and never before tried the half
    snow plough on a turn. It works great! Thank you for that.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Very instructive vid… thanks…

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Joker – Tron

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    excellent video and presentation. Thank you.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Well, experienced downhill skier here. Forward, backwards, little tricks, fast speeds and deep snow? no problem.
    Today was the first time I tried this cross country skiing. It was like i forgot how to walk, faceplanted on every corner, and was soaked after 15min by sweat. Maybe with my 120kg it's just not right as I'm not as thin and light like the skies ^^
    Some mistakes I made despite having the right idea :
    While heringboning uphill I stepped on my backskies. common mistake, or did I not lift up my legs wide enough?
    Also: everything more than a 20° corner I basically had to stop and place my skies manually in the new direction

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Step One: Don't be a pussy and down hill ski.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Thanks for this informative video.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Thank you 🙏

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    How is this in comparison to ice skating? I played hockey for 10 years, would that be helpful for Nordic skiing??

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    the subtitle comment!!! lolz

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Very nice job. Pithy and quite instructive.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    great little vid .. gets to the point

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Taking up cross country skiing this winter. Thanks for the video.

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Surely the ideal would be to use the downhill to gain speed, wouldn't it? Do you teach managing downhill speed because this is a beginner's video?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Perfect first video to see on cross country skiing! Thanks for sharing!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I have not crossed country skied in years. Do modern ski's need to be waxed and if so then how often?

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    I would not put too much weight forward when going down hill and don't remain bolt upright or you will have a nasty fall and go forward and tumble .If you must crash on a descent then having your buttock ready for the impact is better. You should sit your weight down onto your ankles and bindings and lower your centre of gravity .Bend the knees!!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 11:48 am
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    Skating is the real xc technique.

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