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post #1 of 24
Thread Starter 
Anybody here nordic ski in addition to downhill?
post #2 of 24
My wife and I do Nordic skating as well. In fact, with conditions pretty bad... err.... horrible..for downhill in Montana this year, I had a great time going to the pass (plenty of snow on the Idaho boarder) and skating early saturday mornings. Getting a good glide/rhythm going on a sunny day in the snow is darn good solice for crappy alpine conditions.
post #3 of 24
I love to occasionally grab my traditional XC skis and go for an afterwork sundown ski or quick hour ski at my local park - very relaxing, a great workout, and it makes me work on my skinning techniques! Not into the whole skate-ski craze...
post #4 of 24
Peter,
Have you tried skating yet? It took me a couple years before I really enjoyed it. Once you become an efficient skier it is really a blast. I think people underestimate how fast good skaters are moving. It's also a great aerobic workout for alpine stamina.

Mind you, I'll take alpine any day of the week. But it is good solice for no snow on the mountain or if you only have 1 to 2 hours of time.
post #5 of 24
Magnoe, i have not tried it but think I'd probably be pretty good at it with a skiing and hockey background. But I'm not a fan of the groomed courses required (though I occasionally do hit XC tracks) - I like hitting areas that are untracked. I should however, try skate skiing at some point. There are 2 guys in my office who do it every day all winter long over lunch..
post #6 of 24
I made it out about a dozen times this winter. My gear is about 17 years old. At one point I fell on my rear and my boot tore right off its sole. Duct tape and epoxy saw me through the rest of the season. There's not enough snow left around here so that's all for this season.
post #7 of 24
I love xc skiing, i do it alot more than downhill, even though i live in the Poconos, I'm a "western" skiing snob and don't really ski here much. But i go out xc 3-4 times per week in season, in fact I'll be going out tonight, yes we have enough snow here in the Poconos to xc ski, if you know where to go. Yesterday I skated xc skied 7 mile road from Tobyhanna to Gouldsboro and it was fine, no walking, just skipping around a few dry spots on the road.

I think that xc skiing is great practice for downhill overall and I think it has been a big help to me both fitness wise and for technique. Plus it is cheap and easy to do. So i'm all for xc.
post #8 of 24
Skate ski almost every day...mornings now that the weather is starting to resemble spring!
post #9 of 24
I plan on taking it up next winter to do during my lunch breaks.
post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
I love xc skiing, i do it alot more than downhill, even though i live in the Poconos, I'm a "western" skiing snob and don't really ski here much. But i go out xc 3-4 times per week in season, in fact I'll be going out tonight, yes we have enough snow here in the Poconos to xc ski, if you know where to go. Yesterday I skated xc skied 7 mile road from Tobyhanna to Gouldsboro and it was fine, no walking, just skipping around a few dry spots on the road.

I think that xc skiing is great practice for downhill overall and I think it has been a big help to me both fitness wise and for technique. Plus it is cheap and easy to do. So i'm all for xc.
I live just north of Phila and am always looking for some backwoods xc ski locations. Any areas around that you could tip me to? I ski Blue Mountain one night a week and am taking up xc to beat the crowds on week ends. Thanks
post #11 of 24
I got in about 20 days. Not much snow in my area this year.
post #12 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by SnowbirdDevotee
I love xc skiing, I do it alot more than downhill, even though I live in the Poconos... and don't really ski here much. But I go out xc 3-4 times per week in season,..
Three or four times a week is a lot of skiing! I disagree with your comment about not really skiing here much. You are skiing a lot!
post #13 of 24
Yes, I like Nordic, and I have been doing it much longer than Alpine. Stowe and Snowbird, you guys have heard of Crystal Lake Ski Center, ... three hour drive, but well worth it. The topography and elevation make the snow they get there an anomoly for PA.
post #14 of 24
My wife and i have XC skied for over 25yrs and continue to enjoy it as a supplement to Alpine
post #15 of 24

Time to come out of the closet

Personally...I was afraid to even open this thread.:
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Coach13
Personally...I was afraid to even open this thread.:
I was too. I searched on Nordic and this came up, so I had to look.
post #17 of 24
Quote:
Originally Posted by Coach13
Personally...I was afraid to even open this thread.:
Yet the curiosity of who was just too much to ignore.
post #18 of 24

.........

..Whenever there's enough cover....every morning :
post #19 of 24
I XC also but I prefer hooking up my siberian huskies and going ski-joring. It certainly gets the heart rate up as they take off and once they've settled into a rythym it's a good work out for me as well. The biggest problem I have is finding a park that allows dogs that isn't too far a drive.
post #20 of 24
No confessions of lace or gold lame' or broacde on Hot Chillis?

No painted toe nails inside Dobermans.

And Enquiring minds wanted to know!
post #21 of 24

Get with the Program.

I've been looking for a good forum to discuss X-C and was glad to see this message. It is common knowledge amongst pros and experienced expert skiers that if you don't X.C., you aren't in their class. Time to come out of the closet? No, time to take dominance in the threads here. You have two basic classes of skiers and ski msg. board posters. One would be those who are trying to talk with their money i.e. their exorbitant expenses on ridiculous equipment and those who are out skiing every day with the least amount of equipment but the most amount of effort. When it comes down to the nitty gritty, all the equipment that isn't meant for crossing country sits a lot longer in the closet with the queer laptop dancers. XCskiworld has a great website but their forums get nothing but spam. Why? Hey, they are all out skiing!!!!!
post #22 of 24
I've been nordic skiing sence the mid70's. Used to do about 10 miles a day then. I taught nordic for quite a few years at a alpine resort that also offered nordic. I find it a nice change of pace from alpine. I replaced my old equipment a few years ago (soles ripped off my boots too) and have been out a few times. I teach alpine full time, so not too much time for nordic these days.

RW
post #23 of 24
I have dabbled with cross-country skiing as far back as the early 1970’s and used to bum my dad's gear to explore Blue Knob state park, PA, but it wasn’t until around 1990 that I finally bought equipment for my wife and myself. While I used the gear in Aspen once (out of the tlazy7 in Maroon Creek Valley), all my other cross-country skiing has been done locally when the D.C. area gets a sufficient snowfall. Until about 5 yrs ago I lived near some of the civil war battlefields around Fredericksburg, VA and I found them and a local golf course to be ideal places for cross-country skiing on a minumum amount of natural. The manicured grass of a golf course allows you to ski with a minimum of snow cover, just don’t get caught gliding over the greens or tee boxes!

I remember thinking while cross-country skiing at the Wilderness Battlefield, VA that my perspective and mobility over Saunder’s Field might not be too different from that of a Union or Confederate cavalry soldier from 140 years before. When local natural snowfall was generous some winters I'd get in more cross-country than downhill ski days, but that was before I moved to inner DC suburbs.
To be honest I view cross-country skiing as a scenic fitness exercise subordinate to the real fun of downhill. The popularity of cross-country skiing as an aerobic activity never seemed to boom like jogging. Obviously, in the immediate D.C. area we are seriously limited by the lack of natural snowfall.
post #24 of 24
Every morning I dress in drag and skate 45 minutes in the mornings before work. There is a skate and classic nordic facility 2 blocks from my house.

On days off I like to skate and classic in the evening with a headlight. It's faster with the lights off.

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