Tips for Making your X-C Ski Day the Best
Cross country skiing can be pretty easy. The gear is light weight, you can find tracks that are groomed and nice and flat.
But like with any sport, paying attention to the weather and some common sense will go a long way to make your venture
fun and safe for everybody involved.
- Have your skis properly tuned and, if they are the waxable kind, waxed for the conditions. If you are
not good at what kind of wax to use, ask at the reception desk. The wrong wax can slow you down,
or can even cause the skis to stick to the snow.
- Wear Layers. The air is cold, but you will be working up a sweat, so you want to have a base layer
that will wick moisture away from your skin and then more outer layers that you can shed as needed.
(Bring a backpack or fanny pack to hold extra—or shedded—clothing.)
- Stay hydrated. Just because it is cold outside doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need water. You are
exercising, after all, and need to drink often. It could be tricky keeping your water from freezing
if the temps are very cold. Keep a water bottle or bag inside your coat.
- Don’t ski over (or worse, walk over) the tracks. Stay in them.
- Don’t hog the trail. Go single file, in the tracks (unless you are skate-skiing and are in the middle
area of the lane.)
- If somebody wants to pass you (or vice versa) proper etiquette suggests the passer calls out “track”
and the slower skier should get out of the tracks, step aside and let the faster skier pass.
- If there are inclines on the track, the downhill skier has the right of way.
- Obey posted signs (don’t take a short cut if it means you will be going the wrong way on a one-way street!)
- If you fall and create a crater in the snow, it is courteous to smooth it out so the next one to come
along the trail doesn’t fall in your hole.
- Stay on those trails that match your ability. If you are beginner, and you attempt an advanced trail,
it is likely you will wear yourself out and worse, you will get in the way of those who really do
- For safety reasons, it is always advisable to ski with a buddy. Never ski alone.