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My instructors awarded me a "beginner expert" rating for classical-style cross-country skiing today at Mt. Ashland. They rated me on the Bull Gap trail. My instructors are Norwegian males who were members of Norwegian National and Olympic cross-country teams in the 1960s and 1970s. A big thanks to all my instructors.

 

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Ok still photos are hmm... let's say I already made one woman who had no idea how to swing golf club looking like Tiger Woods on photo, so it's a lot about proper timing, but still this photo looks really good. No matter how this sounds, but honestly, I never saw someone without years of race training (and therefore endless hours of technique training) xc skiing normally. With xc you really on first sight already if someone is hobby skier or (ex)racer. Or maybe all those years of xc ski racing makes me a bit biased, and normal people don't really notice this so much as I do. But anyway, based just on this photo, I would say congratulations, you are more then beginner expert :)

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Ok still photos are hmm... let's say I already made one woman who had no idea how to swing golf club looking like Tiger Woods on photo, so it's a lot about proper timing, but still this photo looks really good. No matter how this sounds, but honestly, I never saw someone without years of race training (and therefore endless hours of technique training) xc skiing normally. With xc you really on first sight already if someone is hobby skier or (ex)racer. Or maybe all those years of xc ski racing makes me a bit biased, and normal people don't really notice this so much as I do. But anyway, based just on this photo, I would say congratulations, you are more then beginner expert :)

 

You, primoz, are an accomplished XC skier. I am not. I grew up skiing the bumps. 8 years ago I decided to learn how to XC ski and went with the Norwegians because they are the best. 

 

An intermediate-expert classic-XC skier knows how to vary his pole plants and strides in different snow conditions and on different grades to win races. Biomechanics and energy expenditure. I hope to become an intermediate-expert in 3 years. 

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1TJP4V3P7g

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Hehe that's what I meant with my previous writting. Guy in video was never racing... you can see his technique, which might be straight from the book, but it's anything but optimal. :)

But anyway, as I wrote, just based on photo you put here, I would say you are way more then just beginner expert :) Ok I admit I was never good with all these classifications on 100s of different classes, but for me going the way you go on photo (again photos can be deceiving if captured at right moment and might not show real thing), you are much more advanced then beginner... even beginner expert :)

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