Since prehistoric times, cross country skiing has been a method for traversing snowy terrain. As many of you know, it is one of our favorite pastimes here at SRL (especially Mike’s). Unlike downhill skiing, it’s perfectly doable with little to no skill-level, but your legs will certainly feel it afterwards.
Our 14 miles of hiking trails are used as cross country trails in the winter. Once we get about a foot of base layer snow, just to cover the rocks, sticks and high grass, we’re ready to go!
In XC skiing, only the toe of the boot is attached in the ski, as opposed to downhill, where your whole boot locks in. In addition to the two long, relatively thin skis, XC skiing also uses poles for balance and to build momentum. We rent skis for $25 daily, but if you’re not experienced, it’s best to start out with just an hour or two. Much like running, rowing and swimming, XC skiing burns a lot of calories and uses all of the major muscle groups. It’s a great workout and a great way to burn off the peanut butter pie you had for lunch!
To show the proper techniques, we also offer lessons for $25, which is a great group team-building activity or family trip.
Have you ever tried it? We’d love to hear your comments below!