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High School Cross-Country Ski Gear Guide

High School Cross-Country Ski Gear Guide

Cross Country Ski Basics

The Basics of Cross-Country Skiing

High schoolers focus on two types of cross country skiing: classic and skate.

Classic skiing is what most people think of when they think of cross country skiing; the skis run parallel to each other in a set of tracks. The skier moves down the trail using a striding motion similar to running.

Skate skiing involves the skier pushing off the edges of their skis like an ice skater.

Although high school ski racing involves both disciplines at the varsity level, many teams start with skate skiing. This helps lower the cost of entry and concentrate on the fundamentals. All programs are different, however, so if you are in doubt, ask your head coach what they require for first-year skiers.

Cross Country Skis

Cross-Country Ski Equipment

Finding the right pair of skis depends on your skier’s height and weight. Cross country skis come in different lengths and stiffness (flex), so it’s important to be fitted by an expert like the ones we have on our staff.

Classic skis must collapse under the skier's full weight to provide a good grip while striding.

Skate skis are shorter and stiffer. The center of a skate ski never collapses under full weight and behaves like a spring. Bindings are also different for skate and classic. Many of our entry-level skis include bindings which makes getting started even easier.

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