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Getting started on cross country

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Thread Starter 
I just picked up a set cheap from yard sale (fischer jupiter control in 189), and plan to learn cross country skiing this coming winter. I tried it once for a few minutes last winter, while I got the stride within seconds, how to turn the skis on prepared tracks still stumps me. Balance on those narrow skis with only toes connected is shaky, but I expect to get used them fairly quick.

So what can I expect as far as learning goes? I guess not much of my downhill skills are transferable to cross country. I plan to use the prepared tracks in local parks initially, since from what I can find the skis I bought isn't really suitable for fresh snow.

Also are cross country skis usually allowed on bunny hill of local ski hills? They look like good places to practice telemark turns, can't ask the local hill since they are closed.
post #2 of 6

Cheap is a good way to start. If you weigh about 200 lbs those are a good match. Look at a few beginner videos on Youtube for tips. Skiing xc down hill is a lot like skiing alpine with no liners in your boots.
 

post #3 of 6
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Yeah, it's about the right size for me, lucky find. Not sure if I want to attempt XC ski downhill just yet, walk before run you know, lol.
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I really enjoy doing both nordic and alpine. I like the variety, and I also think the skills complement and feed off of each other. Basically if you can stay balanced and centered enough to ski light xc gear /well/ (i.e., really /skiing/ efficiently at speed, not shuffling), you've just boosted your alpine level.
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Originally Posted by jzmtl View Post

Yeah, it's about the right size for me, lucky find. Not sure if I want to attempt XC ski downhill just yet, walk before run you know, lol.

 

Step the skis around to start with.

 

XC gear is a /lot/ more difficult to recover from backseating - when you get to a downhill you have to remember to project your upper body forward without bracing against a (nonexistent) boot spine.    Active poling and reaching with the arms will help with that to some extent.

post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the tips, can't wait till winter. Everybody thinks I'm nuts when I say I wish winter is longer, but of course none of them skis.
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