I am looking to get into the cross country skiing sport. Any advice on what type, material, any information at all would be greatly appreciated. I was so pleased to find this — Most cross country skis are intended for either the classic – striding – or the freestyle – skating – technique. Most people who are just starting to cross country ski opt for the classic technique because it is very similar to walking or running, but with skis on your feet. It is also not quite as intense a cardiovascular workout. If you rollerblade and are looking for an intense cardio workout, consider the skating techniques. If at all possible, find a cross country touring center that offers lessons and equipment rentals to help you decide which technique you want to start with. Ultimately, I like to suggest that you learn both, because mixing it up with different techniques can help you ski farther without over taxing certain muscle groups. When you are ready to buy your own equipment, a good shop will help you selecting the gear best suited for your personal needs. I like the fact that Eagle River Nordic provides online or telephone surveys to insure that the customer gets the right gear and the right fit.
Cross country skiing is a winter activity that anyone can enjoy and with more than 3000 miles of cross country skiing trails, Michigan is the perfect place. . . .