Cross Country Skiing

Anyone do it?

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30/01/2004 at 12:17
Did it once about ten years ago and loved it.

I now need to get as proficient as I can in the next two and a bit months. A couple of questions...

Where in Europe is good to learn/practice cross country skiing, preferably somewhere close to an airport with budget flights.

Secondly, do those gym cross trainer things train the specific muscles you need or is it best just to carry on with usual triathlon training type fitness?
30/01/2004 at 12:28
I do a lot of XC, well did until the move to EA but thats another story.
Fly to Lyon and go to the Grenoble area, you can fly with Ryanair for a small fee.
I am off to Lapland in March for a weeks XC so at the moment I am using the machine in our gym at work. These machines are quite good for specific muscular endurance but the thing to do is really concentrate on your fom whilst on the machine, they are not exactly like XC but will have to do in the absence of the white stuff.
cougie    pirate
30/01/2004 at 15:08
Now what have you got planned ?
30/01/2004 at 16:00
Its a long story Cougie, no doubt I'll bore you with it at the weekend!
cougie    pirate
30/01/2004 at 16:03
I'll look forward to it. Take my mind off Sunday.
31/01/2004 at 20:36
Norway is excellent for x-coutry ski-ing. Lots of prepared tracks at high and low levels. Look out for cheap packages to Geilo, it seems to becoming very popular with Brits and last year there were last minutes deals as low as £100. That`s for flights as well as a weeks accomodation.

Don`t know anything about triathalon training but you might want to look at specific exercises for upper arms and shoulders if it is going to be a long way. (over 20 miles)
cougie    pirate
01/02/2004 at 19:57
Damn - forgot to ask you !
01/02/2004 at 20:46
Yep, they certainly do ski here in Norway - I passed lots of people on skiis as I did my run today.

But Norway is extremely expensive, so only come here if you can get a cheap package thingamy.
02/02/2004 at 11:22
Ryanair does cheapo [1] flights from Glasgow to Oslo (or sort of in the same corner of the country as Oslo ;)

I'm off for a hut-to-hut tour near Finse at the end of March. And yes, everything else
than the flight is expensive...

[1] can be as low as £3 or so one-way for a weekday flight - and then of course they add about £25 taxes etc for a roundtrip. And £15 per leg of the journey for a skibag...
02/02/2004 at 13:55
North Iceland is fab for x-country skiing. But it´ll cost a fortune to get here (#120 return fare, plus #100 internal air fare ... then taxis/hire cars). But, bizarrely, it is one of the cheapest places to buy or rent the kit!

I´m contemplating doing a X-country ski race at the end of February.... it is good for the soul to come last.

Technique counts for a lot in X-country skiing. But it you´re fit and strong, you can use a triumph of strength over technique to pick up speed. A strong upper body really helps. And strong quads.

But... why...?

WildWill    pirate
02/02/2004 at 14:19
Greg lemond now does x-c skiing
cougie    pirate
02/02/2004 at 14:23
He did a lot when he was racing. One winter he did too much and was too bulky on top when it came to the mountains.

He also sells spinning bikes now too.

Nice stetson Will - we could have used them yesterday at Tough Guy.
02/02/2004 at 14:32
Anybody know where to buy decent XC kit but not at UK prices, I am off to Finland next month and I don't think it is the cheapest place. Had a good day up in Scotland on Saturday, sun shining, pisted trails and soft snow to land in when my technique failed - now back in EA and it is 11C, what a difference.
02/02/2004 at 14:35
ha ha - I know why Rich wants to do this - but let him tell you the tale
WildWill    pirate
02/02/2004 at 14:37
we had snow non stop for 6days and nites last week in the alps
02/02/2004 at 14:38
how's the ribs WW?? and what happened??
WildWill    pirate
02/02/2004 at 14:46
First time boarding, so went to the top of the bigest mountain in Flaine

Managed to get all the way down the mountain, with some spectaculare wipeouts - but they did not hurt as the whole mountain was powder

Got al the way to the botom and was cutting across a nursey slope and cought my front edge, which resulted in a swan dive onto ice/hard packed snow - landed chest first and smashed a couple of ribs under my chest

Later in the week - i also did in a knee tendon

and on the last day i had to get rescures (off a very nice French lady ski medic) after catching a back edge and tearing all my lower abs

I know hav cold and it hurts like hell when i coff

02/02/2004 at 15:21
WildWill - aaah, the joys of snowboarding. hope you're better soon. Remember you're meant to tuuuurn to kill speed, not fall over! Cathcing a front edge - ouch!

We had deep powder and sunny skies all weekend, but spent most of Saturday afternoon off piste, thigh deep in powder, trying to find a mate's lost ski! These skiiers, bloomin' liability.

Yeterday we jut videoed each othe jumping off cornices to assess technique. A sack of spuds has a better technique than me.

Mountain goat - our local ski shop will do you a package of new (old stock) and second hand cross country ski gear (skis, boots and poles) for about £100. But north Iceland isn't really an easy place to get to ...
02/02/2004 at 15:25
Ok - clueless non-skiing non-boarding girlie here...what does 'catching a front (or back) edge' mean?

Apart from agony, of course...
02/02/2004 at 15:40
JJ. It means pain, and getting laughed at by everyone who sees you.

Er, trying to think how to explain it ... when your board is perpendicular to the slope, it is when the 'edge' (or the metal rim round the edge of your snowboard) digs into the slope below you when you don't want it to. The effect is like a tripwire. Thwack!

I'm sure someone can do a better explanation than this ... help...!

Alternatively, have a snowboard lesson and within half an hour of getting on a snowboard, it will happen to you....
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