This is the very first part of a trilogy to help you pick an XC ski you’ll be happy with!

Nordic skiing is about breathing fresh air and exercising; hopefully , on a regular basis. The most important aspect of skiing cross country is to go out and get out there! In this regard the most crucial aspect in selecting a ski resort is to consider the terrain you can access. The ski resorts in your local area often determine your ideal ski location.

This is because skis are specifically designed for specific ski conditions. The conditions of the trails and grooming, whether or not, affect the kind of ski needed as well as the technique of skiing. This article will assist you to identify the cross country ski that is best suited for the trails you are on to enrich your skiing experience.

An example of this is that it’s not a good idea to buy a pair of skate skis, if not as your primary skiing option when you don’t be able to access groomed tracks. The most suitable ski for untracked terrain with skied-in tracks is an easy tourer (or cruiser) ski.

Below are some ski trail situations, as well as our recommendations to choose the right type of ski for these specific trails.

If you’re one of those fortunate enough to can access groomed trails then you’ll have the most range of options. This includes classic skiing, skate skiing, and touring. Skiers who are just beginning to get fitness should opt for a moderate touring setup. Anyone who is new to skiing with a motivation to improve their winter fitness ought to consider skate skis. Alpine skiers who want to cross-country, should consider the possibility of a skate ski. Skiing with a good technique for skates is much easier to master than classical techniques, which is the reason we recommend that new skiers take a step in this direction.

If you’re not sure what type of skiing is available try asking for recommendations. If you’re still unable to find an answer to your question, your options could be limited to parks that aren’t groomed or golf courses. This is fine, as these locations can offer amazing skiing experiences, and they’re ideal for those with a light touring setup.

For skied-in and untracked tracks, we usually suggest a lighter touring setup. Light touring is performed with stiffer, shorter skis, which are typically shorter in the width. They’re effective in groomed and un-groomed conditions and work well for loose snow that is as deep as mid-calf. These are the conditions that people face which is why a light touring ski is typically the best option.

The flexibility, in conjunction with technological advancements, has led to the light touring ski becoming extremely popular with new and experienced skiers of all levels. A light touring set that is wax-free is a very well-liked option for those who are looking for the perfect “back-up” or secondary ski for situations in which there is a snow depth too high for traditional skis, or when there’s not enough time for waxing.

It is not uncommon to witness skiers plowing along with skis that are too large as well as heavy to handle the terrain. Skis with 60mm width or greater are considerably slower than smaller widths. Speed might not be an issue to you but speed when you’re skiing with friends is crucial.

We recommend a classic touring setup for skiers who often ski on untracked snow that is mid calf-deep, or more. The skis we recommend are suitable for deep snow conditions in rolling terrain where steep ascents or descents are not an issue. Traditional touring skis are an ideal option for those seeking the maximum stability from the snow.

The final consideration to make when choosing the most suitable type of ski, is maintenance. If maintenance-free skiing is your primary concern the best choice is wax-free skis for light-touring and classic skiing. Another recommended choice for the majority of new skiers is to choose the lighter touring ski.

These points will give you an idea of where to start. Part two of this series will cover choosing the most suitable model that meets your needs. third part will cover how important it is to have ski fit and flex to the Nordic skier.