Basic Tips for Cross Country Skiers

An insurance planning services provider and financial adviser based in New Jersey, Giro Maddaluna has more than five years of experience in the industry. During his free time, Giro M Maddaluna is an active outdoorsman whose hobbies range from golfing to skiing.

Often a more leisurely experience than downhill skiing, cross-country (or Nordic) skiing can be more of an endurance sport due to the significant distances gained during a single trip. Whether you’re an experienced skier or it’s your first time on the snow, there are several things to keep in mind when hitting the trails.

As with any exercise, it’s important to stretch your muscles before heading out on a cross-country ski journey. By stretching, muscles are properly warmed up and you’re less likely to hurt yourself. When dressing for your day out, consider wearing light layers of moisture-wicking clothes and choose fleece instead of cotton, which can trap body heat.

When choosing an area to cross-country ski, beginners should focus on flat, well-groomed trails. Skiers should also be mindful of common errors in form, including using the poles for support instead of propulsion and not following through on the kick and glide of the stride, among others.