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Choosing Cross Country Skiing Equipment

Beginners in the world of cross country skiing will need to first stock up on cross country skiing clothing and cross country skiing equipment. Choosing cross country skiing equipment can be somewhat intimidating as the terminology and the different skiing styles require a little knowledge for you to make the right choice. With a little research and help you should be able to find yourself good quality equipment that serves your purpose.

Skiing On Tracks

If you are a beginner it is likely that you will start out by skiing on groomed trails or track set terrain. There are several types of skis that you can choose from when track skiing. You will notice that compared to touring skis, track skis tend to be narrow and have no metal edges.

When you are just beginning the best cross country skiing equipment for you are classic skis. These types of skis are perfect for groomed trails. Once you are comfortable with moving on the snow and wish to have a more vigorous skiing experience you might want to try skating skis.

Anyone thinking of racing or improving their technique should consider adding high performance skis to their cross country skiing equipment.  If you wish to ski on terrain that has not been groomed then you will need a different set of skis.

Ungroomed Trails

When cross country skiing in terrain that is ungroomed and hilly you will want to choose touring skis. Touring skis are more durable than the traditional Nordic skis and are also shorter and wider. Some touring skis have metal edges, these are great for descents.

There are different types of touring skis and you will choose the type of ski according to the terrain you will be skiing in. The more difficult the conditions the more hardy you want your skis to be.

Fitting Skis

When you are choosing any cross country skiing equipment it is best that you do it in person. The only way to find the perfect match is to test out the cross country skiing equipment yourself. Ski staff will be able to help you find the right equipment if they can see how tall you are, how much you weigh, and ask you questions about where you will be skiing.

Each individual skier will have different requirements for cross country skiing equipment depending on their build and experience. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about what you should be buying.

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