Why Cross-Country? A Complete Guide To Nordic Skiing And Sports
A History of Nordic Sports
Long before it was a sport, cross-country skiing was a necessity of daily life as a form of transportation from Scandinavia to Siberia.
It seems to have evolved into a sport sometime in the late 18th century, when more reliable forms of transportation were developed.
Cross-country skiing hit the big time when it was featured in the 1988 Olympics, though many people have been practicing the recreational form (also known as touring) for a couple of centuries.
Over the past few decades the genre evolved, and now, Nordic sports also include Telemark skiing as well as snowshoeing.
The Best Workout in the World
If you thought downhill skiing or snowboarding kept you in great shape, try a day on a pair of cross-country skis and you’ll understand why these athletes are so unbelievably fit.
This is because Nordic skiing uses virtually every muscle in your body to propel you forward. In fact, many experts recommend that you spend time strength conditioning before you begin cross-country skiing as a serious hobby.
Because Nordic skiing uses both the “push” and “pull” muscles on both your upper and lower body and uses your core to keep you stabilized, there is virtually no other sport on earth quite as effective at keeping you in peak physical health and helping you burn calories.
In fact, cross-country skiing burns more calories per hour than any other sport or exercise, maxing out at nearly 1,100 calories per hour.
5 things that you can only experience while cross-country skiing in Vail
Now that you know the health benefits of cross-country skiing, here are some enriching experiences you can have while on Nordic skis.
Professionally Guided Tours: Sign up for one of our many private or group tours and have a guide show you some of the lesser-known trails while giving you a different perspective on techniques and your surroundings.
Flora and Fauna: Whether you go with a guide or with family and friends, Nordic activities helps you slow down and observe so much more of the beautiful trees and winter wildlife that’s all around you in the Rocky Mountains.
Unparalleled Vistas: Reaching the summit is the greatest reward when you’re practicing any Nordic sport. By the time you reach the top, you’ll want nothing more than to take in the unforgettable views that the wilderness around Vail has to offer.
Nordic sports have a lot to offer the vacationing Vail guest. Take a day to try something completely new or sharpen your existing cross-country skills. Whatever you like, the mountain is your playground.
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