If you have never before experienced a day of cross-country skiing (It’s also commonly called Nordic Skiing) it’s time to hit the groomed trails or mountain paths. Cross country skiing is an activity that most anyone can do. And it doesn’t require a bunch of expensive gear, or an expensive lift pass (Although downhill skiing, while more expensive, is also an absolutely terrific and exhilarating way to spend a day in the mountains in winter).
Warm winter clothing is essential, although there are a few days here in Montana every season where the snow is perfect and the temperatures are modestly-warm for the comfort of shirt sleeves; it’s also simple to buy or rent skis, poles, and ski boots (If you have any questions about where to locate rental ski equipment in the Red Lodge area, call your hosts at the Island at Rock Creek).
There are different styles of cross country skiing. The classic ski style is performed in a straight line. The skier performs a kick-and-glide, which in action appears like a style of dance mixed with a walk or slow jog. It’s a simple enough exercise that can be performed, balance intact, after a few minutes of practice; but, it will likely take several sessions to get an introductory feel for the nuances of turning and stopping, kicking and gliding efficiently.
There is also a style called skate skiing. A skate skier uses movements more akin to speed skating than running or walking, using the skis’ sharp edges to dig into the snow and provide traction. Skate skiing is recommended for those who are comfortable and well-balanced on skis.
It’s only October, but the snow does come early in parts of Montana, and early snows in the mountains can mean terrific and uncrowded days on skis. If you have any questions about quality lodging for the upcoming winter months, then call the Island at Rock Creek today.