Hop into Nordic skiing

Jackrabbit 2013-14_photo Phil Youwe

A children’s Nordic program that saw significant growth in participation numbers returns for the 2014/15 season. The Sun Peaks Nordic Club’s Jackrabbit program began with just nine participants, growing to 25 in its second year, and the club is hoping some new equipment will inflate those numbers further. “We’re very fortunate to have obtained a … [Read more...]

Demystifying the key technical elements of Nordic skiing

Nordic Technique

If you would like to ski rather than walk on your skis, then you need to make your skis glide. To achieve glide, you must incorporate the technical elements of skiing: balance, initiating movements with the body core, co-ordination and timing, forward knee drive, and poling action. Balance is critical to both skate and classic skiing. If you’re … [Read more...]

To skate or classic ski — that is the question

Ingrid Mitchell poses with one of each style — skate and classic Nordic skis.
Photo contributed by Bruce Mitchell

As you incorporate Nordic skiing into your active lifestyle, choosing to go with the skate or classic technique can be a challenge. Outfitting yourself with quality gear in either mode is expensive, and jumping into both is beyond the budget of most skiers. Don’t fall victim to the myth that all new Nordic skiers should go with classic. Many people … [Read more...]