we're going on a skiing event check it today she's good so you've never Constantine never I haven't either anytime III I think we need a lot of gear I have like underwear that are longer than normal yeah that's is nice for afterwards what are you doing I'm carbo-loading for the big race what's up everybody I'm Anna and I'm Elena and today we're gonna learn how to cross-country ski all right we're here in snowy mountains of Washington and we made it we did we made it cuz I'm the best driver that's true and we're here with Michelle and she is our cross country ski expert and she is going to attempt to teach us how to ski yeah across the country have you guys a cross can you speed before at all nope well we'll get to some good stuff today I'm so a cross-country cross-country skiing area is accessible for everybody you can just go on a short little shot or you can go miles it really is up the aisle because we're sliding right RC they're still helping us do a lot of that work so it is less exertion typically than snowshoeing would be less exertion yeah alright are we dressed for it I got my vent flaps open our first thing is just to make sure that we're not wearing cotton layers down layers insulating layers fleece is a great one so we seem to be geared up I'm moderately warm now what we're going to need special boots to have a little bar in the toe and the bar just clips right into the ski so if you've seen people downhill skiing they've got their full boot is connected to the ski yeah but what scoffs country we're really just working on that toe so it's it's awesome because the boots are a lot more comfortable we have a lot more movement in the ankle and the whole foot your vibe is making me very comfortable next time all right let's grab our gear and go for it okay I got this how does one go how do we make this go we're going to put our skis makes it perpendicular to the help we're going to clip in so we're going to use the Toba on our boots we're going to put our hands through the loops of our poles so that the weight is more on our wrists so we're not ripping our people too tightly we've got a bend in the knees nice aesthetic stance and we'll head on down the trail the grace comes later it's almost kind of like I'm walking I'm just going to practice step in with my skis so I'm going to step step slide I can push push but there's no Glide I got a push push no glide Glide I could see this being peaceful who makes these trek so we're actually in an area that is maintained and groomed by the snow park that basically helps compact the snow to make it easier for us to ski on one of the biggest pieces of cross-country skis etiquette is that we respect and take care of the track I'm in it I'm out of it and you're you're crossing so we're going to want to be on the right-hand side think of it like lanes on a road oh good boom yeah in and there that's awesome for the record we didn't screw it up so we're really thinking about shifting our weight from one foot to the other with each step is that I bend in my knees and I have almost kind of like this nice little bounce back and forth back and forth oh yeah much better okay yes Oh go girl I'm doing it I got this I got this maybe he looks like a Nordic advertisement right now I'll never miss Italy nobody says knowing nothing keep going I'm gone you guys I'm out of here if I need to fall what am i doing where am i falling is it a valuable lesson so should we know how to fall Wow learning in a controlled setting can be really helpful because then if it happens in an uncontrolled setting your body knows what's new that's code for yes after we've fallen we want our excuse to be as parallel as possible nice and down house see if you can rock yourself forward and get that knee underneath you and then into the crouched position and now straight up okay Michelle so you taught us how to glide how to use our poles how to fall how do we stop the easiest way to do it for beginners is to go into what we call the pizza all right so we're sticking at the front of our skis together the tips together for getting our tails out away from each other we're going to bend the knee keeping that nice athletic stance and then we're going to rotate our ankles inward slightly so we've got the edge digging into the snow okay stop do you for real rip your pants well done you got a bet now we got vents together lunch the ref news is that we're going to have to go back up that hill that we just hand down what awesome job ladies yeah we weren't something new pull – nailed it right Elena I know you were a little skeptical at first yes I was how do you feel about skiing now well it's quite refreshing not only the cool brisk air and the picturesque scenery but pretty awesome to try something new made some mistakes but that's what your poses you it's about learning I'm gonna be sore tomorrow yeah that's what I'm thinking about do it again next week I'm not my girl you

REI Trailheads: You should try Cross-Country Skiing!

9 thoughts on “REI Trailheads: You should try Cross-Country Skiing!

  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    Way over dressed for this sport!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    These chicks crack me UP!!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    wow those two are so annoying

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    Consiering the "expertise" of this coach I'm not surprised of what they actually have not learned about classic skiing

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    please take longer to provide useful info next time

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    This was funny and helpful!

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    Super helpful tutorial! Thanks 🙂

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  • June 1, 2019 at 2:10 pm
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    So, so, so stinking' adorable 🤗 REI can help gear you both up with snug fitting cross country ski tights ❄ Helps with a quieter glide, limiting snow buffets👍 Uphill . . . Both ways

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