DISCOVER AND GET STARTED IN CLASSIC CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Cross-country skiing originally came about with the alternating step technique. This technique can be picked up quite naturally, as it’s similar to running. It’s suitable for all ages and all levels because you can do it both in walking and sports mode. Discover this winter sport and the basics to get off to a good start.

CLASSIC CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

CLASSIC CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

Originating in the Scandinavian countries, cross-country skiing dates back to antiquity, when it was used as a way of getting around.
The alternating step technique, also called classic cross-country skiing, is the one we find at the origin of this discipline.

A SPORT THAT’S ACCESSIBLE TO ALL!

Alternating cross-country skiing is accessible to everyone, from around the age of 4. Some ski areas offer “Snow Gardens” to introduce little ones to the sport. Here, children can gradually discover cross-country skiing while being comfortable with the walking movement. Whether you’re young or not-so-young, alone, with family, friends, athletic or more contemplative, classic cross-country skiing is for everyone.

classic cross-country skiing

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WHAT ABOUT EQUIPMENT?

To practise classic cross-country skiing, you need to get yourself a specific pair of skis and boots
for classic cross-country skiing, as well as a pair of cross-country ski poles.
Before buying your classic Nordic ski equipment, it’s important to take into account certain factors such as: your physical condition
and level of ability, the choice of grip system, the compatibility of binding standards between your boots and your skis, as well as your body type.

Check out our tips on" how to choose" to find the equipment suited to your needs.

WHAT TO WEAR?

As for what you wear, it should be light and technical. However, you’ll need to adapt the warmth of your clothes according to the level of effort you put in.
The three-layer rule applies: a breathable technical base layer, a second insulating layer for warmth, and a third windproof layer.
Your trousers should be waterproof and fit close to the body for easy movement.
In walking mode, cover up more than in sports mode, when you’ll quickly start perspiring.

Remember to protect your extremities with a light hat, suitable gloves and warm, breathable socks.
Finally, remember to take with you a water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses, or even a small backpack with a cereal bar

Do you like nature, wild landscapes, and peace and quiet?
Are you looking for some physical exercise, or simply want to take your time and enjoy the great outdoors?
Then head off for some classic cross-country ski trails, or maybe head off them … and tell us about your favourite outings.