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Hello. Though I've just gotten hooked in a big way on alpine skiing, I started with cross-country and still enjoy doing it immensely. I learned to ski classical, with a diagonal stride and am just now getting interested in exploring other techniques. I've been skiing classical on my father's old Trak Nowax (yes, the original. These skis are about 20 years old) 200cm. I've been wanting to attempt freestyle skiing for some time now, but due to a combination of frozen snow cover and then recovering from surgery I had to wait. The opportunity finally presented itself after yesterday, when we got some shallow snow that my skis could actually track in.

I knew better than to attempt to skate with big long 200s, so I took down my mother's skis, which are the same type but in 180cm. As it happens, 180 is the exact recommended length for freestlye skis for someone of my height and weight. Like my father's skis before I started using them last winter, these skis have gone ten years with no use.

So, hear I was, getting ready to try freestyle skiing on 20 year old double camber waxless cross country skis, in three pin bindings with boots a half size too large and minimal ankle support. Surely, it was sad, but I figured, hey, the pioneers of the technique had to do with worse.

Well, after maybe half an hour I headed back in from my back yard, and cross-country skiing has completely changed for me. It was simply incredible. I'm not good at all, of course. My sole experience with skating on skis is with downhill equipment, and I was absolutely atrocious at that. With my cross-country gear, it's like the difference between night and day. Once I figured out to transfer my weight to the gliding ski as I pushed and to keep doing that, I could get across our 100 ft yard in about ten strides. I slipped a lot and made mistakes, but the potential is amazing. The energy expenditure feels like nothing, and the speed must be something else when you have space and are doing it right.

So, now I'm hooked. Can anyone point me to tips on technique, or help me out with this? Perhaps tell me if I can find a decent three-pin boot, if nothing else? Sadly, real freestyle gear is going to have to wait till after I have my alpine equipment, but at least I have gear that works now, that I can practice on. I wish I had learned this to start with. Freestyling is the way to move on cross-country skis.