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Classic cross-country skiing or skating?

  • Classic cross-country skiing

If you simply want to have a hobby or go for a walk in the wilderness, this technique is for you. Originally, it was intended for simple travel and hunting. Over time, it has developed to become the most popular cross-country skiing technique throughout the world.

Similar to walking, it consists of moving forward with two parallel tracks by making arm and leg movements, but in a more amplified way to obtain a good glide. The cross-country skier advances with the help of his poles, leaning from one foot to the other. You can either opt for the walk mode, ideal for practicing with family or friends, or the intensive mode, more technical, for the more daring.

The purchase of Nordic skis therefore means choosing between skis with curved tips, with anti-recoil system, scales or grip wax.

  • Skating

If you like thrills, speed and don't mind physical effort, this technique is for you. It appeared later, in the 1970s. It is also called "skater's stride"or"freestyle". You must take a gliding step as if you were skating or rollerblading, using your poles. Thanks to its dynamic movements, you will gain speed.

The purchase of skating skis requires rounded spatulas, without anti-recoil, for a better glide.

At Alpinstore we offer cross-country ski packs at very advantageous prices!

What is Nordic ski touring?

This discipline allows you to discover large expanses of snow in the heart of nature. It is practiced off-piste. You will be able to explore the wild spaces of the middle mountains while enjoying the pleasures of skiing!

How to choose your cross-country ski size?

It is imperative to choose your ski size for more comfort.

In classic cross-country skiing, the important criteria to take into account when choosing skis are: your technical level, your physical shape, your size (height and weight) and your experience. You need about 20 cm more than your usual size in classic cross-country skiing.

In cross-country skiing skating the important criteria to take into account when choosing skis are: your technical level, your physical shape and your size and weight. Skating skis are generally shorter than "classic" skis (quite long). In general: the ski size is 15 cm in addition to the skier's height.

If you are between two sizes, you should know that a longer ski will give you a better glide, but will be a little less manoeuvrable. For the first year, it is better not to choose them too big. The size can also vary according to weight. Longer skis will be necessary for a heavier person. The hardness of the skis is also an element not to be taken lightly. It is wise to choose a softer, flaked ski for a beginner. Why is it a good idea? Because waxing sk is (without scales) require a good knowledge of waxing and have the right equipment.

Whether you are looking for classic or skating skis, Alpinstore offers the best Fischer skis, the nightingale brand but also SkiTrabcross-country skis.

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