Cross-country skiing (also known as Nordic skiing) has been described as the best overall aerobic and conditioning exercise available. It’s also a great way to enjoy nature and make the most of winter (instead of hiding indoors for four months!). It’s a great activity to share with family or friends, or just to get away from the busy-ness of life.
Two TypesClassic style is the traditional form that usually comes to mind when we think of cross-country skiing. Skis face forward, parallel to each other, and the legs and arms move in a stride that produces a smooth forward motion. Classic skiing is easier to learn in the beginning, and can be done at a relaxed pace. It is also a skill that can be developed for years.
Skate skiing involves moving the skis in an open V formation, pushing off to the side on one ski while also pushing off with both poles, then gliding on that ski while pushing off with the other. Skate skiing requires wide groomed trails. Skate skiing requires athleticism regardless of how intensely it is approached.
Skiing on Mt. SpokaneIn the Spokane region, the majority of cross-country skiing is done at the Mt. Spokane Cross-Country Ski Park. Learn more here.
Lesson ProgramsSpokane Nordic Ski Association and Spokane Parks and Recreation provide a number of lesson programs at Mt. Spokane. Learn more here.
What to Bring
Equipment: Cross-country skis, boots and poles are available for rent or sale at area winter fitness stores including Fitness Fanatics, Mountain Gear and REI. Beginner lessons through Spokane Parks and Recreation include skis, boots and poles if requested during registration.
On the Trail: Bring a quart (or more) of water, snacks, sunscreen, lip balm, and extra clothes and gloves, plus a day/fanny pack to carry them.
Clothing: The clothing suggested below is geared toward the relaxed skier. If you tend to push yourself a little harder on the trail, you may want to move toward slightly lighter clothing, but keep in mind that winter in the mountains can mean quickly-changing conditions.
Spokane Nordic is committed to creating, developing and delivering programs to foster Nordic skiing
within the greater Spokane Community through efforts of organization, advocacy, and communication.
Spokane Nordic Ski Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
P.O. Box 501, Spokane, WA, 99210