- Any cross country skiers out there?
I fancy giving cross country skiing a go as I reckon my local trails would be great for it. Thinking telemark type skis would be best with an option to clip the heel in. I am not talking about ski touring in the Cairngorms on on some munros just through my local woods and on a few bridle ways at this stage.
I can ski downhill but know nothing about this topic, can anyone offer any advice on getting started?
Cheers,Posted 5 years ago
If it is ungroomed then I recommend waxless (fish scale) nordic touring skis and boots. Compatability between boots and bindings is as much of a maze as bike headsets so purchase with care. Descending is tricky; as the heels are not locked down. Only AT kit lets you lock the heel down and that is more for full off piste style skiing. There is a lot of technique to going well but it can feel great.
Not sure what else to add at this point but ask away…..Posted 5 years agoKZP894Member
With cut loype cross country skis can be very skinny but on your local trails un cut you’d want a Nordic backcountry ski with a bit of side cut and steel edges to give you some chance on the downhills. You don’t need telemark bindings but a suitable binding such as a Rottefella NNN BC, or the Soloman equivalent, and obviously boots to match. The best way to learn is a Ryan air flight to Norway, hire some skis and give it a go on cut trails (of which there are loads). In Norway wax less skis are very much frounded on, however hey are more prevalent in Europe. There is an amazing network of huts in Norway for hut to hut skiing, would be fun to try in the summer by bike. http://english.turistforeningen.no/Posted 5 years ago
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