What are the most basic needs for XC?

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by gr » Mon, 14 Nov 2011 15:08:22


I am writing a short article for my local XC club newsletter, aimed at
new XC skiers (or maybe the guys just trying it for the first time
ever), about the basic equipment needed.

Things you need to have a good experience XC skiing:
(assumes little or no grooming, East coast kind of snow (ie; wettish)

The obvious things are;
skis
poles
boots
Clothing
Wipe on wax

Am I forgetting anything essential?

What kind of clothing can I suggest for a newbie? It does not seem
likely that they will buy a lot of XC specific gear..... what kind of
clothing will the average person have around that might be suitable?

Thanks
GR

 
 
 

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by Bob Schwart » Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:38:15


Quote:
> I am writing a short article for my local XC club newsletter, aimed at
> new XC skiers (or maybe the guys just trying it for the first time
> ever), about the basic equipment needed.

> Things you need to have a good experience XC skiing:
> (assumes little or no grooming, East coast kind of snow (ie; wettish)

> The obvious things are;
> skis
> poles
> boots
> Clothing
> Wipe on wax

> Am I forgetting anything essential?

> What kind of clothing can I suggest for a newbie? It does not seem
> likely that they will buy a lot of XC specific gear..... what kind of
> clothing will the average person have around that might be suitable?

> Thanks
> GR

Running/Cycling tights. We have kids on our team
that cut costs by just buying the team top and
pairing it with the running tights they already
own.

Give them a generic warning about cotton. Cotton
long johns are extinct, fortunately.

The rear pockets of a cycling jersey will hold
a water bottle and food, and keep them from
freezing.

Bob Schwartz

 
 
 

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by g.. » Tue, 15 Nov 2011 05:48:17

Gary,

  I think the following sources will help in piecing together your
article:
- xcskiworld.com
- http://www.rideandglide.org/
- http://www.a2skiclub.org/nordicski.htm

Gene

On Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:08:22 -0500

Quote:

> I am writing a short article for my local XC club newsletter, aimed
> at new XC skiers (or maybe the guys just trying it for the first time
> ever), about the basic equipment needed.

> Things you need to have a good experience XC skiing:
> (assumes little or no grooming, East coast kind of snow (ie; wettish)

> The obvious things are;
> skis
> poles
> boots
> Clothing
> Wipe on wax

> Am I forgetting anything essential?

> What kind of clothing can I suggest for a newbie? It does not seem
> likely that they will buy a lot of XC specific gear..... what kind of
> clothing will the average person have around that might be suitable?

> Thanks
> GR


 
 
 

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by dardrub » Tue, 15 Nov 2011 08:21:22

I think an a brief explanation about the need for wax would be
beneficial at this early stage.
I've seen so many newbies thrutching about on hire skis in the Scottish
forests over the years. They generally have good walking clothing
suitable for the winter season and then a weekend parttimer hires them
skis, boots and poles with a statement that 'if you can walk you can
ski' but has no time to explain to them the basics of grip and glide.


Quote:
> Gary,

>    I think the following sources will help in piecing together your
> article:
> - xcskiworld.com
> - http://www.rideandglide.org/
> - http://www.a2skiclub.org/nordicski.htm

> Gene

> On Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:08:22 -0500

>> I am writing a short article for my local XC club newsletter, aimed
>> at new XC skiers (or maybe the guys just trying it for the first time
>> ever), about the basic equipment needed.

>> Things you need to have a good experience XC skiing:
>> (assumes little or no grooming, East coast kind of snow (ie; wettish)

>> The obvious things are;
>> skis
>> poles
>> boots
>> Clothing
>> Wipe on wax

>> Am I forgetting anything essential?

>> What kind of clothing can I suggest for a newbie? It does not seem
>> likely that they will buy a lot of XC specific gear..... what kind of
>> clothing will the average person have around that might be suitable?

>> Thanks
>> GR

 
 
 

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by gr » Thu, 17 Nov 2011 12:13:31


Quote:
> I think an a brief explanation about the need for wax would be
> beneficial at this early stage.
> I've seen so many newbies thrutching about on hire skis in the Scottish
> forests over the years. They generally have good walking clothing
> suitable for the winter season and then a weekend parttimer hires them
> skis, boots and poles with a statement that 'if you can walk you can
> ski' but has no time to explain to them the basics of grip and glide.


>> Gary,

>> I think the following sources will help in piecing together your
>> article:
>> - xcskiworld.com
>> - http://www.rideandglide.org/
>> - http://www.a2skiclub.org/nordicski.htm

>> Gene

>> On Sun, 13 Nov 2011 01:08:22 -0500

>>> I am writing a short article for my local XC club newsletter, aimed
>>> at new XC skiers (or maybe the guys just trying it for the first time
>>> ever), about the basic equipment needed.

>>> Things you need to have a good experience XC skiing:
>>> (assumes little or no grooming, East coast kind of snow (ie; wettish)

>>> The obvious things are;
>>> skis
>>> poles
>>> boots
>>> Clothing
>>> Wipe on wax

>>> Am I forgetting anything essential?

>>> What kind of clothing can I suggest for a newbie? It does not seem
>>> likely that they will buy a lot of XC specific gear..... what kind of
>>> clothing will the average person have around that might be suitable?

>>> Thanks
>>> GR

In this neck of the woods (upstate NY) the new skiers always start with
fishscale skis, largely because we have quite variable temperatures and
snow types. So, grip wax would not be useful to newbies, but glide and
wax to stop icing would be great for them to know about.

This is a chance to mention one of my favorite products;  Start Grip
tape. I would not be using waxable skis, except for this stuff. It is so
durable and has such a wide temperature range, and most importantly;
does not have to be messed with each time I go skiing , that it deserves
high praise.
GR

 
 
 

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by outsideinm » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 10:02:06

Quote:

> Things you need to have a good experience XC skiing:
> (assumes little or no grooming, East coast kind of snow (ie; wettish)

> The obvious things are;
> skis
> poles
> boots
> Clothing
> Wipe on wax

> Am I forgetting anything essential?

How about a positive attitude?  I remember switching from running (where I
was a fairly elite racer in my local area) to skiing and being beaten by
***age girls, old men, and nearly everyone in between until I learned how
much technique can make/break you.  You have to stick with skiing for at
LEAST one season before you will be anywhere near competent.  Then another
2-3 years to be as "fast" as  you are when running.
 
 
 

What are the most basic needs for XC?

Post by terje.mathisen at tmsw.n » Wed, 23 Nov 2011 18:35:24

Quote:

> How about a positive attitude?  I remember switching from running (where I
> was a fairly elite racer in my local area) to skiing and being beaten by
> ***age girls, old men, and nearly everyone in between until I learned how
> much technique can make/break you.  You have to stick with skiing for at
> LEAST one season before you will be anywhere near competent.  Then another
> 2-3 years to be as "fast" as  you are when running.

Expertise takes 10+ years/10 K hours of systematic training, i.e. just
like any other complicated activity. :-)

Terje

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