Something for everyone
Cross country skiing is suitable for everyone, at any age, as the pace and the route can be adapted to suit each person’s fitness.
No need to be an outstanding athlete to have a go. This full-body workout has many health benefits and helps develop physical fitness over time. You can also take cross-country skiing very gently, as a kind of meditative outing.
Great for health!
The gentle, regular motions harmoniously combine muscle toning with cardiovascular training and joint strengthening. For children, it promotes dexterity and coordination.
Classic or skating?
There are two types of cross-country skiing: classic and skating. The former is a bit like walking, whereas the latter can be likened to ice skating.
Skiers advance on the track in two grooves, pushing off from one ski to the other. The skis are equipped with an anti-slip grip system which makes it easier to go uphill without holding you back on the glide down.
Opt for classic style: the technique is very simple and almost instinctive. It’s child's play.
Skaters make a V-shape with their skis, pushing them outwards to propel themselves forwards, while using their poles to push. The technique is slightly more complicated, but beginners soon get to grips with it, even if they have never ice skated. Skaters advance on the flat part of the track, swaying from side to side like a roller blader. Skating lets you enjoy the terrain at a completely different pace. It is perceived as being more energetic.
There is no reason not to alternate styles. Skating is more physically demanding and technical, with more pronounced sensations and changes in speed.
Book a lesson with an instructor
Just like downhill skiing, you can book lessons with an instructor. Nordic skiing is quite simple to learn.
Four is the ideal age to get started, although some schools offer a fun approach starting at 2.5 years.
Some ski schools have a children's snow park that is suitable for Nordic skiing. Find out more from the tourist office where you are staying.
Getting kitted out
Before setting off on the slopes, make sure you have the right kit.
Where to go cross-country skiing
Rédaction en collaboration avec le Magazine Esprit Nordic & Actumontagne pour Savoie Mont-Blanc