The right cross-country skiing equipment

The right cross-country skiing equipment

You want to learn how to glide, stride or skate in the stunning alpine environment? In this article, we share our tips for choosing the right cross-country skiing equipment.

Cross-country skis

Classic or skating style? To choose the right skis, first think about which type of skiing you’re looking to do. Different cross-country skiing styles require different skis. For climbing, the bottoms of classic cross-country skis either use a rough horizontal grip zone in the middle (fish scales) or skins. Another option is to apply grip wax. Skating skis have only one glide zone. The trail preparation is also aimed at the different styles: While classic cross-country skiers use set tracks, skaters glide over smooth, combed trail surfaces.

Cross-country ski boots

It’s important that you choose boots that match the type of skiing you’re doing. Skate ski boots are more rigid, with a higher cuff than classic boots, giving good ankle support, whereas classic boots have a softer outsole and lower cuffs for a greater range of movement. Some outfitters offer versatile boots that can be used for both skate and classic skiing. Bindings are also specific to each style.

Cross-country ski poles

To complete your ski equipment, you need a quality pair of poles. Keep in mind the type of skiing you plan to do. For classic skiing, the poles should come up to chest height, whereas skating ski poles should be around the same height as your chin.

Visit the local sports shops or cross-country schools for expert advice on choosing the right gear and apparel for cross-country skiing. Or do you want to receive this knowledge during a cross-country skiing camp? Our expert ski instructors teach participants the fundamental skills of Nordic skiing and share plenty of tips on waxing, equipment, technique, and nutrition.

17.01.2022 14:37

Langlaufgenuss am Achensee
on the Falzthurn-Gramai cross-country track - back to Pertisau