It's all skiing. It's all fun. Here's the skinny on skinny skis:
Skate skiing or classic skiing: What's the difference?
This is classic skiing, or touring.
Classic skiing is:
- also called traditional, touring, or diagonal stride.
- is easiest, generally, for beginners to learn.
- done in groomed our ungroomed conditions. See our Maps Page.
- as much of a workout as you make it. Lessons are always recommended, especially if you're looking to be faster and more efficient.
- done on skis that most commonly have a grip pattern under the binding.
- super-fun! It can feel like a hike in the woods, or a challenging run in the snow. Make of it what you will.
This is skate skiing.
Skate skiing is:
- faster, generally, than classic skiing.
- best done on groomed trails: Mt. Bachelor and Meissner are our local areas with the most groomed skating trails. See our Maps Page.
- aerobically more challenging than touring. Lessons are highly recommended if you've never skated before.
- done on skis that are glide-waxed on their entire length, similar to downhill skis.
- super-fun! Alpine (downhill) skiers tend to pick it up quickly. It's fast, graceful, and could be your ticket to winter fun.
Clothing for cross country skiing--This is what you should wear:
Cross country skiing is a very active sport, so it's important to wear breathable layers so that you can adjust your temperature. Dress as you would for a walk or a jog on a cold morning. Like this:
- First layer: Wool or synthetic (not cotton). Zip necks are nice for ventilation on top. Full length or 3/4 bottoms are recommended. Remember that underwear and bras count, so steer clear of cotton in all your layers.
- Middle layer top: Fleece or wool sweater or vest
- Outer layer top: Windbreaker or breathable rain jacket, or wind-front ski or cycling jacket
- Bottom: Wind-front ski pant or tight
- Socks: A mid-weight, snug-fitting wool is best.
- Glove: Something insulated but not waterproof--mittens are good if your hands tend to be cold.
- Hat: Yes, please. Any kind you like
- Eyewear: Yes again, but please, don't wear your downhill ski goggles. You'll look like a dork.