Cross Country Skiing for Runners

I think I said this last year but here we go again…I will embrace winter and make the most out of it! Last year we bought snowshoes and this year it will be cross country skis. I figure the more I have to do outside the better it will be, right? Last year O was given skis so what better family activity.

Benefits of Cross Country Skiing for Runners
  • Great aerobic cross training- XC skiers tend to have highest VO2max
  • Safer than running on snow and ice
  • Improve balance
  • Strengthens ankles
  • Improves flexibility
  • Strengthening pelvic/hip muscles

The problem now comes that I have now cross country skied since those days in junior high gym class when the entire class trudged through the school yard attempting to keep up and not get sweaty! Yes a lot has changed in my life since then. So tell me what do I need to know to get started? Any tips for a new skier? 

I'll make sure to share my progress and what I learn this winter skiing.

Photo Credit- West Yellowstone


  1. I've never cross country skied but have heard it's a great workout:) Been wanting to try it.

  2. I'm also trying cross country skiing for the first time this year! We moved to Alaska and the cool thing to do here on cross training days apparently :) Good luck fellow newbie, hopefully we can figure it out!


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