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Johannes Høsflot Klæbo – Norwegian XC Ski Racer

Marte Olsbu Røiseland – Norwegian Biathlete



Luckily, you don't have to be a hardcore racer to enjoy cross country skiing. Nordic skiing used to be a fringe sport in North America, but over the years it's grown in popularity. With that, equipment has also advanced making XC skiing more enjoyable than ever. Also, cross country gear has become more accessible and thus easier to purchase as well.

The number of places to nordic ski has increased to match demand. Many major alpine ski resorts have added dedicated XC trails to their lists of amenities. Additionally, nordic centers and trail networks have sprouted up throughout snowy winter regions. Some of these have a lodge component that might offer food and beverage services. Others are really just the trails themselves, often maintained by local volunteers and recreation disctrict staff. And bonus, nordic skiing access in general is really inexpensive when compared with the astronomical prices charged by mainstream alpine ski resorts!



Whether you call it ski touring, backcountry skiing, or sidecountry, if it's skiing outside a ski area boundary, this is what we're talking about. Snow conditions are often variable, and if you run into problems, then you better have a way to deal with them. No ski patrol here. No avalanche mitigation. You're on your own.

But that's not to scare you off. You should be a strong skier, and beyond that, some education on backcountry travel and gear will have you enjoying your own snow adventures in no time. Get yourself avalanche gear: beacon, shovel, and probe, and learn how to use them – well.

If you're unfamiliar with these tools, then reach out to a local or regional avalanche safety resource. Snow safety and education is their business, and they can inform you on backcountry travel and avalanche safety courses in your area.


Sunglasses are a must in the snow. Whether you're out skiing or enjoying the apres vibes, eyewear is ever essential. Quality sunglasses protect your eyes from damaging UV light, and choosing the right fit and style for you is also important. The best sunglasses are the ones you enjoy wearing, so get the ones you love!

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