Instead of hibernating this winter, consider learning how to Nordic ski. Skiing is a great way to increase your fitness, both by building aerobic stamina and building up your arm, core, back, and leg muscles. Plus, gliding along in the snow can be refreshing and more therapeutic than pounding away on a treadmill at the gym.
The Two Types of Cross-Country Skiing
There are two types of Nordic skiing, Classic and Skate. Classic, termed for its more traditional style, involves kicking and gliding in a forward motion. Your skis glide in parallel groomed tracks created by a trail groomer.
Skate skiing is a little different. When skating, a skier will push off each ski in a “V-shaped” pattern. Skate skiing is done on a wide groomed trail, usually right next to the Classic groomed tracks.
Make it a Healthy Hobby
Either type of skiing can burn a significant number of calories as well as require muscle strength and endurance. This makes it a great winter activity if you’re looking to trim down and lose a few inches (as well as enjoy some fresh air).
Learning to cross-country ski can be tricky at first. Starting out with instruction or lessons will be helpful. A trained instructor can ensure that you are using the proper technique, a necessity if you want to make this a life-long activity that you enjoy.
The Michigan Tech Nordic Ski Club has four instructors available to teach either Classic or Skate skiing. By paying $10 to become a club member, you can use our equipment all season and are entitled to one free classic and one free skate lesson. Lessons are also available for more advanced skiers. For more information, visit http://ski.mtu.edu/lessons.html
If you would like to try skiing on the Swedetown trails, we offer equipment rentals for both Classic and Skate skiing, as well as equipment for children if you’d like to bring the whole family.
Classic skis ….. $12/day
Skate skis ….. $20/day
*lower rates for multiple days
If you have any questions about equipment, technique, wax, layering… we are here to help! Feel free to message us on Facebook, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (906) 337-4520, or just stop in!