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It's all skiing.  It's all fun. Here's the skinny on skinny skis:

Skate skiing or classic skiing: What's the difference?

Classic skiing

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.
Two people skate ski

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.