The two styles of Cross Country Skiing
Skating /free style
Cross Country Skiing “Skating style”
Skating was first seen in the 1980’s on the world cup cross country circuit. A similar movement to that used in roller / ice skating, the skier is pro-pulsed forward by the rapid transfer of bodyweight from one ski to another. The skier moves freely, without use of the tracks (see classic) in an exercise that stimulates co-ordination and aerobic capacities.
Cross Country Skiing “Classic style”
The traditional Nordic style of skiing is prepared in parallel tracks, this is a lateral movement similar to walking or jogging. Ski’s with scaled bottoms facilitate classic skiing for beginners, while waxed skis offer an approach a little more challenging for those with some experience.
For beginners we recommend the first lesson in the classic style. This will introduce you to:
- Co-ordination legs / arms