About Cross Country Skiing

Cross-country skiing is a fun activity; it's also easy to learn healthy, family friendly, accessible, affordable, and offers great range.

Cross-country skiing uses natural movements. It doesn't require special skill to get started and has a short learning curve. Just a few hours spent with a professional instructor will give you all the skills you need for a lifetime.

Cross-country skiing is one of the healthiest recreational activities for the mind and body. You can enjoy the great outdoors while experiencing a total body workout. With this activity you use all your muscle groups and is a great cardiovascular activity. You can do it at your pace and fitness level, from smooth gliding on gentle trails to bounding up, over, and down varied terrain.

Cross country skiing a multi-generational activity. Infants and toddlers can ride in a sled or a backpack. It's gentle for the elderly, while teenagers who want to go fast can skate ski, a technique that combines the leg motion of ice skating and the arm push of cross country skiing. It's also nice to bring the dog along to join in the fun on designated dog trails.

There are more than 350 cross-country ski areas in the U.S. and Canada. Most of the ski areas are less than two hours from urban centers.

A cross-country skiing day trip cost on average of $12 for a trail fee and $35 for a trail pass, rental equipment, and a lesson package. A weekend package for a family of four including accommodations, breakfast and dinner, trail fees, rental equipment, and a lesson is available in New England for under $500.

Cross country ski areas offer lodging and skiing choices from log cabins with wood-fired saunas surrounded by backcountry terrain to romantic country inns with miles of groomed trails just outside the door. Cross-country skiing can be combined with an alpine ski resort vacation or with a weekend getaway of shopping and dining.

Some general rules to follow while cross-country skiing at a ski area, resort, or trail are help maintain the integrity of the ski track by not skiing over them. Obey posted signs, give down hill skiers the right of way, fill in your divots and sitz-marks, grooming vehicles may be on the trails so make sure to use caution. A few more rules to follow are to return to the lodge by closing, remove skis at road crossings, stay on the marked trails, never ski alone, choose trails appropriate to your ability and fitness, and report any accidents to the Nordic center.