So, you’ve heard murmurs of this amazing thing called ‘Nordic’…aka cross country skiing, XC skiing, skinny skiing? It’s true, this sport is an understated gem! An activity that provides a full body workout, gets you outside, can be enjoyed individually as well as socially – the benefits list goes on. Ski Callaghan’s going to be a great place to start, find your groove, and ride that learning curve. Here are some tips to glide your right foot forward…
1. Dress for success. In Nordic terms, that means multiple layers with the final protection of a waterproof shell. It’s a winter sport so you can expect the weather to be cold but, similar to hiking, you will be moving your body and generating heat…the need to shed those layers will likely rise (that’s where a day pack comes in handy).
2. Rent your gear. At Ski Callaghan, we have two rental shops onsite providing the necessary equipment for any Nordic Adventure. Rental equipment is available on a first-come, first-served basis so all you have to do is decide where you want to start and show up!
3. Take a learn to XC Ski Lesson. Although it’s not a ‘must’ it certainly helps make the experience more enjoyable. When you’re in the company of a knowledgeable and friendly ambassador, locking your feet into skinny sticks and moving through apparent maze of winding winter pathways can actually prove quite pleasurable! Ski Instructors love this sport and their enthusiasm is the perfect encouragement to guide you through the basic elements of balance, body motions, and gliding techniques to get you going. Skiing with your friends is going to be fun too, but let’s face it…when you fall and can’t get back up, they are way more likely than an instructor to point and laugh.
4. Hit the trails! Similar to other sports, Nordic trails have a general rating system…this is what you need to know: Green = Easy (relatively of course) and Double Green = Easiest. Now it’s important to remember that level of difficulty is going to change with conditions and operator similar to driving. For example, driving a Porsche on a sunny day might be easier than driving the same road in a Smart car in a snowstorm. Take a look at some of Ski Callaghan’s Green trail options:
- Neverland Trail: 3.8 km
- Twilight Meadows: 0.5 + 0.7 km Loop
- Porters Glide: 2.8 km
- Madeley Creek Loop: 4.3 km
This trail starts at the Brandywine Daylodge. Designed for first time skiers, families, sightseers, or those seeking a gentle warm up. It winds its way through our Olympic icons: the 125m and 95m ski jumps, Cross-country stadium, and the Biathlon range
This trail starts at the Alexander Falls Touring Centre. A gorgeous meadow for soaking up sunshine – it’s a perfect loop trail for first timers, families and little ones wanting to stay relatively close to the base area ensuring a comfortable introduction. The odd name is because it was a used as a shoot location for a dramatic scene in the major motion picture “Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2”.
This trail (accessible by its own parking lot) features wide and gentle terrain best suited for skiers looking to fine tune some skills, cruise with their dog, or relax and enjoy some of the easiest terrain the park has to offer
If you’ve built up some confidence and are ready to test your skills on rolling hills this ‘all time favourite trail’ of many season pass holders is going to offer up a nice variety of terrain to explore your technique. This trail starts at the Alexander Falls Touring Centre for simple trail-head access.