Cross country skiing comes in many guises! Essentially it is using cross country skis (of which there are several sorts!) to cover ground along plateaux, valley bottoms and undulating terrain. As soon as the mountains get steep, then ski touring skis and techniques are used.
Most cross country skiing takes place on managed pistes with grooves for classic cross country skiing and a flat part for skating. As soon as you go off piste, you enter into nordic skiing territory which requires slightly different skis.
Have a read of our blog article for more information about the different types of cross country skiing.
Skating is the type of cross country skiing you see in the Olympics biathlon and has a reputation for being an excellent, probably the best, sport for cardio training. Endurance athletes from all sporting disciplines from boxing to rowing use cross country skiing and skating in particular as a very effective cross training element to their training programmes.
For a less physically demanding experience, the classic cross country skiing is easy to learn and is great fun for all ages and abilities. You can go as fast and for as long as you like to explore the nordic valleys and undulating mountain terrain. Perfect for families wanting a day away from the downhill pistes doing something different.
We have a choice of holidays from winter cross training endurance trips to nordic skiing tours or you can try cross country skiing as part of a winter activity holiday.