Snow Fun - Let’s Start Cross Country Skiing This Winter!
Posted on December 13 2019
Shuffle, “kick and glide”, walking in the snow, whether climbing or descending, cross country skiing will bring you the endless joy of snow fun. Winter doesn’t only mean chilly weather, stiffness and a routine of indoor life. Go ahead and study a new skill now! This is a wonderful way to live your’s life in the sun and snow, and bring kinda romance of living in harmony with nature, simultaneously, you can get a lot of fun while exploring a fully new technical. A subtly elegant and thrilling, this is a great outdoor sport to appeal to everybody! Go with ENKEEO, get started cross country skiing this winter!
How to Get Started Cross Country Skiing?
As both a popular winter sport and a recreational activity, cross country skiing has been searched and learned by more and more people. Along with the requirements of balance and endurance, there are many other elements we need to grasp while skiing. And it is normally divided into 2 types: classic cross country skiing and skate skiing. We mainly introduce how to go classic cross country skiing below.
Step 1: Where to Start & How to Ski
Most beginners get started cross country skiing on some NCC Greenbelt trails, which tend to be groomed and more smooth. This is truly a good way to make learning easier and faster. Or pick a flat surface of powdery snow with no obstacles, when you adapt to the trails, you can try to learn some basic skills for pushing off, gliding, braking, etc.
Step 2: Get the Right Stance
Don’t think cross country skiing too hard, it is like a walk with help from your arms. When you start to cross country ski, stand on the prepared surface with your skis parallel. Keep in the right stance in a relaxed state. Shuffle your skis to find the way to move forward whilst not losing balance or bending above the hips.
Step 3: Fall Over and Get Up
During the process that you get started skiing and try to move forward, some mistakes are bound to happen and inevitably you will fall. Set the poles aside and adjust your ski goggles correctly after a fall, parallel the skis to each other, then crawl forward and use your poles to push yourself up. Do fall over and get up repeatedly as needed. If you ain’t falling over, you will never know how to handle an “emergency fall.”
Step 4: Learn Basic Technicals
Once you know how to move and keep balanced, leave your ski poles aside to practice new motions without relying on your arm strength. You will find a good rhythm of kick-glide movement through the right alternative between feet and the even stride in every motion. And then, you can pick up your ski roles to give your glide extra momentum. It is easy to do, and if you are a quick-learner and reasonably fit, you will get in the sewing of thing in a short time.
Step 5: Step Up and Down Hills
Going up hills: When going skiing on trails that are less than flat, you can use the "herringbone" method to go up hills. Use your toes to make a “V ” shape, roll both ankles and knees inward to dig the skis into the snow. As you start up hill, keep your hips forward and plant your poles behind your boot to help push you up the slopes and hills.
Going down hills: It is easy and fun to step down if you use the right way. As a beginner, glide down gently and use the snowplow technique to control your speed. You can point the toes of your skis inward so the inside edges of the skis will dig into the snow and enhance the breaking power greatly. Keep this posture and speed, you will find it is much more smooth to go down than you imagine.
Where You Can Go Cross Country Skiing?
Any area designed for cross country skiing, whether for competition or recreational activity, should be a flat, smooth surface. There are 2 major types of skiing trails: groomed and ungroomed. Groomed trails, which leave a hip-width double track into the snow, are liking skiing on rails. Most come with visual or acoustic signals, meanwhile, require professional equipment and technique corresponding with the condition of the snow. The local parklands, frozen lacks, gym or anything off a groomed trail can be called ungroomed trails, they are trails those which are not packed. Skiing on the ungroomed trails, without tracks to slot your skis into, requires more balance, longer poles, but can aid stability if you wear wider skis. For a beginner who gets started cross country skiing for the first time, we recommend learning on groomed trails.
You have learned, practiced and completed the ski gear kit, and properly prepared for the trail. Now what? Just put on your ski boots, wear the ski goggles and hand-warm gloves, pick up the poles, get into the cross country skiing trails. Enjoy the winter!