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What is a "hack"?

x-country skiing is very strenuous on your legs no? Actually I don't quite understand the pleasure of x-country skiing..... coz downhill I can glide / cruise down the slope, let gravity does the work....where as x-country, you need to work to get where you need to be.... And the pleasure of that will be ???:confused

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Hi Dave W - I will go to SB the week after MLK, I will PM you if I need to get lift tickets at SB.  Thanks much, alison

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What is a "hack"?

x-country skiing is very strenuous on your legs no? Actually I don't quite understand the pleasure of x-country skiing..... coz downhill I can glide / cruise down the slope, let gravity does the work....where as x-country, you need to work to get where you need to be.... And the pleasure of that will be ???:confused


I wouldn't say XC is necessarily more work for legs than adventurous alpine skiing, but definitely requires being in better cardio shape to enjoy it.  Also, there are two variations to XC.  Skate skiing works the legs a lot more.  I would rather be on snowshoes for a nice quiet "hike" in the woods during the winter.  The pictures I saw that my friend took on a XC ski week in Yellowstone Park were amazing.   While you can get into the park by snowmobile or snowcat, very different going in silence without engine noise.

 

As with any sport with variations, different strokes for different folks.  Personally, I'll stick with alpine and stay away from terrain parks.

post #34 of 35


Fosphenytoin:

 

What is a hack?  Well, me actually.  I ain't exactly beauty in motion when I have been x-country skiing.  I have a LONG way to go to be considered proficient.  I have been in a couple of multi disciplined relay races in WA State where I was the x-country leg, and well, let's just say I finished anyway!!  Yes, x-country skiing is really a totally different thing than alpine skiing; you provide all the energy.  For sure it can be a huge workout.   Just something to think about, hey maybe you'll like it….  I sure do, and I've been in/out of alpine skiing for decades.

 

Hope You Have A Ball @ Stowe

post #35 of 35

Guess the term "hack" in relation to a sport comes from golf.  Haven't heard it before in relation to skiing.

 

What is a Hacker in Golf?

 

"Hacker" is a derogatory term in golf that means a very bad player, or a golfer who rarely plays and, therefore, isn't very good.

Hacker is somewhat synonymous with "duffer" in that they both apply to poor players. But "duffer" is sometimes used to denote weaker players in general, while "hacker" is often applied to a single golfer as an insult. Hacker is a little bit stronger than duffer in its derogatory meaning, in other words.

The term probably derives from the image of a poor golfer "hacking" his way up a golf hole, swinging wildly and digging up turf. Whatever its origin, it's a term you don't want to hear applied to you.

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