Cross-country: A great way to ski together as a family
By Janet Simons
How’s it going with those resolutions?
Have you managed yet to save money, spend more quality time with your kids and get more exercise? No? Well, then, I guess you haven’t heard about cross-country skiing.
Here are just a few of the many wonderful things about cross-country skiing in January:
•Are you inexperienced? Newbies can learn a lot at the Cross Country Ski Areas Association website. Among its many other terrifically informative features is the “Cross Country Skiing 101 Podcast,” which explains virtually everything you need to know to get started.
•Ski equipment, including cross-country gear, is on clearance at most sporting goods stores right now. Here are just a few of the deals available on our site:
–20% to 70% off ski equipment at Skis.com
–Free shipping on orders over $49 at Sport Chalet
–Save 25-60% during the Sports Authority winter sale
•Cross-country skiing offers a terrific workout, gently straining all your major muscle groups and providing complete, full-body exercise.
•It’s a low-key, friendly way to spend time. Instead of schussing past each other at 30 mph, skiers get a chance to greet each other, stop and chat along the way – and no one minds.
•Any child old enough to withstand a strenuous walk should be able to cross country ski. Those who aren’t quite able to do that yet can travel comfortably and safely in a “pulk,” a cozy covered sled that rides smoothly behind an adult skier. These are available at most sporting goods outlets. And if you’re really ambitious, check out this Snowshoe Magazine article with instructions for building your own.
•You can go skiing even if you don’t live anywhere near a mountain range north of the Mason-Dixon line. Any golf course covered with snow is a potential cross-country ski venue. There’s even a full-fledged cross-country ski resort in Arizona.
So what are you waiting for? Winter isn’t going to last forever!