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The Beginners Survival Guide to Cross Country Skiing

  1. Introduction & Equipment Sizing
  2. Boot/Binding Combinations

Part 1
Skills For Flat Terrain

  1. Basic Diagonal Stride
  2. Adjusting Pole Straps
  3. Arm Movement in the Diagonal Stride
  4. The Double Pole
  5. Kick Double Pole

Part 2
Skills For Uphill Terrain

  1. Uphill Diagonal Stride
  2. Edging your skis for control
  3. Side Step
  4. Herringbone

Part 3
Downhills & Turning

  1. Getting Up From a Fall
  2. Kick Turn
  3. Track Snowplow



Part 2: Skills For Uphill Terrain


side step ski technique'
The Sidestep is the preferred technique for very steep terrain

On hard snow the most common problem with the sidestep is over-edging. This doesn’t always result in the skis slipping out of the snow but is often more work for the skier. In most situations the side step only requires a #1 or #2 edge angle on the uphill side – just enough for the skis to bite into the hill.

Poles help prevent many problems by allowing the skier to feel comfortable and balanced against the slope in the sidestep position. For proper pole use just stretch out your arms like a bird flaps it’s wings; arms straight out to the sides and poles planted (32a). This should give you stability on each side and let you stand up comfortably, encouraging a naturally small edge angle.




CLASSIC TECHNIQUE: Diagonal Stride; Adjusting Pole Straps; Arm Swing; Double Pole; Kick-Double Pole. CLASSIC UPHILL TECHNIQUE: Classic Uphill Diagonal; Edging; Side Step; Herringbone. DOWNHILLS AND TURNING: Getting up from a fall; Kick Turn; Track Snowplow; Five Tips for the Diagonal Stride; Kick Double Pole. SKATE SKIING: Ten Tips for the V-1; V-2 skate technique; Marathon Skate. ALL AROUND: Stationary Turns; Step Turns. RESOURCES: Nordic Glossary; 20 Q and A; History of Cross Country Skiing

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