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How to Cross Country Ski: Pt. 1 of 4 -- for casual XC Nordic Fun!

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Uploaded on Feb 9, 2009

Tips to get you into easy ski fun! I've been skiing a long time and figured it was time to share what I know. Other people's videos seem to be for elite racers. Mine are for anyone! But this video has some glitches in its ideas... Here are the fixes...

*You don't have to do the "tip forward" thing. It's easiest to just stand on one leg, flex the knee and ankle a bit, tilt forward a bit, then let your rear leg float up a bit. That's the position you want for your leg when it's gliding and ready to be dynamic, like to get grip up a hill.

*I said putting all your weight on a ski lets you grip. Actually, that lets it GLIDE! ...Doh! Skis grip when you put MORE than your body weight on a ski -- it takes a 'bounce' -- if you did such a bounce on a bathroom scale it would spike to more than your weight. It happens when you flex your knee/ankle more then unflex them -- that's pushing against the ground, extra-weighting the ski and GRIPPING. When you weight both skis (putting half your weight on each) they glide even more. This also applies to turning alpine skis: when you weight your skis, drop a bit by flexing knee/ankle then PUSH with your feet they carve. After the push they're unweighted which lets you change them to the next turn. Same thing applies to XC!

*Why is skiing fun? In the video I say it's because of glide. Yes, but there's more! Here are the 3 essential reasons: *Glide, *Rhythm, *Payoff. (Payoff is where you feel like you're getting out more than you put in.) With those THREE things you will smile! ...Guaranteed! (It even works skiing UP HILLS! In fact, that's where I like it best! Because then it's the most surprising!)

*I say that skiing with your weight "between" your skis is bad. Well, it's true that you can't get grip that way, so it won't help you go up a hill, but skiing while keeping some weight on both skis can be fun! It's what most people do when TOURING. If you're standing upright and looking around while you ski, especially if carrying a rucksack, you'll put your rear ski down a bit behind your gliding ski quite often, and weight it more as you bring it forward. This gives security and stability. This is good and fine! Just be ready to do total weight transfer when you get to an uphill!

*I say that planting your pole with your hand way out front doesn't help, well, that's not totally true. People plant poles way in front and to the sides to give stability when they're doing upright tour skiing in unstable conditions like on a homemade trail and when they're doing more sight-seeing than they are paying attention to the trail. So the first part of the poling is helpful because it's stabilizing, even if it's not propelling them. As the poling hand moves closer to the hip they will also get propulsion from it. As long as the basket is planted further back than the pole-hand the pole helps push you along.

This 4-part series covers: 1. Basics; 2. Uphill; 3. Touring; 4. Touring Uphill.

PS: Sorry about the lo-rez sound! This is my first how-to video. I taped a cheezy camera to a tree!

(Courtesy of http://OutYourBackDoor.com -- your HQ for indie outdoor action.)

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