Go Back   Winnipesaukee Forum > Winnipesaukee Forums > Winter Sports
Home Forums Gallery YouTube Channel Classifieds Links Calendar Register FAQDonate Members List Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 11-02-2011, 01:50 PM   #1
bigdog
Senior Member
 
bigdog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Central MA-Gilford
Posts: 929
Thanks: 122
Thanked 61 Times in 51 Posts
Default Cross Coutry Ski recommendations?

Planning on doing some cross-country skiiing this winter.
Been a alpine down-hill skier for 30yrs+, thought I'd give XC a try.

Actually have been XC a few times in last couple years, and enjoy it!
That said, I'd appreciate some recommendations on XC skis, boots, etc.
Length-brands-cost
I understand skis are purchased based upon your height & weight, I think?

I plan to purchase used equiment at first, until I'm sure I like the sport enough....

Will be buying for myself and wife, novice XC skiers.

Thanks,
BD
bigdog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2011, 05:21 PM   #2
Bear Islander
Senior Member
 
Bear Islander's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Bear Island
Posts: 1,660
Thanks: 21
Thanked 347 Times in 163 Posts
Default

Sometimes people think they want Cross Country skis when they might really want "Back Country" or "Touring" skis. If you will be skiing on groomed and maintained XC trails then you want regular XC equipment.

Back Country skis are what you would use if you we going off of established trails or skiing across Lake Winni or through a pasture blazing your own trail. Back Country skis are wider than XC for more stability and look more like downhill skis. Very often they are used with a "Berwin" style binding hat allows you to strap them on regular snow boots. I have used these skis to cross Lake Winni and ski to the North and South poles.
Bear Islander is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-02-2011, 07:06 PM   #3
winnipiseogee
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 271
Thanks: 62
Thanked 135 Times in 68 Posts
Default

If you are planning on going the XC route (as opposed to backcountry) I really suggest renting for a while. Figure out what you like, what you don't like. Do you want traditional nordic XC skis (your skies stay parallel to each other and move forward in a straight line) or do you want skate skies (this is what you see in the Olympics - its a blast but also a brutal workout). Gunstock has some good rentals but you should try making the trip up to Waterville. They have a world class facility and some seriously nice skis in their rental program.

Finally - although you really need groomed trails for skate skies you can definitely use nordic skis to cross the lake. I've done it a decent bit.

Good luck! Once I changed to nordic I've never gone back to the cost and crowds of downhill!
winnipiseogee is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:10 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions Inc.

This page was generated in 0.40482 seconds