Thinking of skiing cross country? 6 tips to help plan your trip
the majestic backdrop of the Mont Blanc massif, I took a brief break in my workout, leaned on my ski poles and inhaled the solitary silence. Just a few miles away, the rest of my family was having fun on snowboards and downhill skis among the crowds, lifts and cable cars. It was Christmas vacation 10 years ago, and we were near Chamonix, France – the site, in 1924, of the first Winter Olympics. There were two crosscountry skiing events.
If I ever want to repeat my French Alps cross-country experience, I’m told, I shouldn’t book in December again; there’s no guarantee there would be much snow. However, waiting too late in the season, as I learned on a subsequent trip to the Italian Dolomites in March, can make the Alps an iffy proposition, too. It was my son’s spring vacation, and he still got to snowboard; but downslope from the snowcapped peaks, the cross-country trails were mostly slush.
To be a cross-country skier in this age of ever warmer, drier winters is to feel like an endangered species. To survive, we must adapt. So here are some lessons focused on flexagainst ibility that I’ve drawn from my recent cross-country experiences.
One of the immaculately groomed trails at Utah’s Soldier Hollow, the Nordic site designed for the 2002 Winter Olympics.