DISCOVER AND GET STARTED IN SKATE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

In recent years, cross-country skiing has been gaining in popularity, largely thanks to the skate technique, a sportier style that is more conducive to the thrill of gliding than classic cross-country skiing. But what does the skate technique involve, and how and where is it practised? And what do you need to know to get to grips with the sport? Don't worry, we've got you, just follow our guide.

 Get to grips with CROSS-COUNTRY SKATE SKIING

SKATE SKIING:
A NORDIC SKIING TECHNIQUE

First seen in the 1980s, the skate technique has revolutionised the practice of cross-country skiing.
Back then, long-distance ski racers were already partly reproducing the skater's half-step towards the end of a race
when their wax no longer offered enough grip.

At first, this new technique was met with resistance from purists, but has ended up becoming the norm.
It took some time to change people's attitudes, adapt the kit, and groom the trails,
but today in France, skate skiing is undoubtedly the technique of choice among fans of cross-country skiing!

 Get to grips with CROSS-COUNTRY SKATE SKIING

A SPORT FOR ALL!

Anyone can skate ski, from around 8 years old. Whether you're athletic or more laid-back, a lover of wide open spaces, peace and quiet, an exercise fiend or skiing fan, it has something for everyone.
A technical but accessible sport. You don't need any skills for skate skiing, but if you can already ice skate or rollerblade, you're well on your way to mastering the technique. Skate skiing is quite physical, but you can do it at your own pace.

WANT TO GIVE IT A TRY?

Check out our advice for getting started with cross-country skate skiing.

So what about all the gear?

If you want to go cross-country skate skiing, you'll need to kit yourself out with skis and boots
specifically designed for cross-country skate skiing, as well as a pair of cross-country ski poles.
Before buying your cross-country skate skiing equipment, it's important to take into account certain information such as: your physical condition
and your level of practice, the compatibility of binding standards between your boots and your skis, and your body type.

Check out our advice on "how to choose" right equipment for your needs.

What should you wear?

The ideal outfit for cross-country skate skiing should be both lightweight and technical, to combine thermal comfort and freedom of movement.
You can always rely on the three-layer rule: a breathable technical base layer, a second insulating layer for warmth, and a third waterproof layer. Trousers-wise, think windproof and close to the body, to facilitate your movements.

Since you'll be engaging in fairly intense exercise for relatively long periods, it's important not to cover yourself too much from the start, even if you feel a little cold... You'll be glad not to have to stop 100 metres in just to remove a layer. Once you've got going, it's important to keep up the pace!
On the other hand, it's still important to protect your extremities in line with the level of exercise: a lightweight hat, suitable gloves and breathable socks.

Finally, a water bottle holder and water bottle, sunscreen and sunglasses are all essential for your skate skiing trip. You can also take a small backpack with a snack and something to change into after your outing.

If you're looking to get some exercise without spending too much, to ski and recharge your batteries without the noise of the lifts, to build muscle without noticing, in stunning snowy landscapes, then skate skiing is the sport for you. So, when do you start?