Why this winter will be your cross-country skiing winter
Cross-country skiing is becoming a real trend sport. And quite rightly so: cross-country skiing is a really cool all-round sport for everyone. It’s high time to get it out of its shadowy existence. Eleven reasons why this winter is the perfect opportunity to finally strap cross-country skis under your feet!
This winter will be your cross-country skiing winter
The winter 2020/21 will be different than usual. But this does not mean that you have to do without winter – quite the opposite. You can actually experience it from one of its most beautiful sides while cross-country skiing.
1. No long queues at the lift
Nobody really wants to wait in line in front of the lifts, stand in large crowds or sit in closed gondolas this year. It’s a good thing that you don’t have all that when you go cross-country skiing. Here you can simply put your skis on the track, get going and only stop again when you want to take a break or have finished your round.
2. Alternative to ski touring
If you are looking for a Corona-friendly alternative to skiing this winter, you will quickly end up with ski touring. Also beautiful. But if you compare cross-country skiing with touring, you will see that cross-country skiing has even more advantages. Because here you don’t expose yourself to alpine dangers and yet you are still in the midst of impressive alpine mountain worlds. Beginners in particular can do without avalanche awareness seminars, avalanche rescue equipment etc. and can still enjoy the untouched, lonely snowy landscapes to the max. All equipment is considerably (!) cheaper, and for endurance & calorie burning, cross-country skiing is the best sport.
3. Easy to learn
The best news for beginners: cross-country skiing is easy to learn. The first attempts on the thin skis are still a bit slippery – but the technique is quickly learned. No previous knowledge is required either. And when you get the hang of it and get into the “flow”, you’ll notice: This sport has a lot of addictive potential!
4. Inexpensive equipment
Even more good news for beginners: the equipment for cross-country skiing is much cheaper than that of many other winter sports. Especially at the beginning you can rent the skis on the spot and test the equipment you are most comfortable with. Especially when it comes to the question: skating or classic? If you finally decide to buy your own equipment, you don’t have to dig too deep into your pockets. The same applies to clothes: everyone has the right things already in their wardrobe. The tickets for the cross-country ski track are also very affordable.
5. Workout for the whole body
Cross-country skiing uses an incredible 90 percent of the body’s muscles. 90 percent! The fitness factor in cross-country skiing is extremely high and this makes the sport a real fat burner. So if you are looking for a real whole-body workout, you should start cross-country skiing. It is therefore particularly interesting for cyclists, runners, triathletes, footballers and all those who want to improve their basic endurance over the winter.
6. Low risk of injury & easy on the joints
Cross-country skiing not only trains almost every muscle in the body, it is also easy on the joints. The rhythmic, gliding movement over the snow makes it possible. Therefore, people with existing health restrictions such as joint damage can also go cross-country skiing. The risk of injury is also very low. There is no need to fear serious crashes – much more than a few harmless bruises from a fall rarely happen. And in case you do need help: our cross-country rescue service will be with you in an average of 9 minutes, no matter where you are on the track.
7. Little time consuming
Cross-country skiing is quite strenuous – that’s why you hardly spend a whole day on the trail. If you have little time, you can get a good workout in just 1 to 2 hours. If you have more time, you can extend the laps. Thanks to long opening hours & floodlit tracks in the evening, you can train whenever it suits you. So you still have plenty of time to do other things. Sitting comfortably at the hut and enjoying the sun, taking a stroll through the village or the winter forest, going tobogganing or ice skating with the kids or simply regenerating in the wellness area – everything is easily possible before or after cross-country skiing.
Glittering forests, untouched winter landscapes, lots of peace and quiet – here you can switch off and enjoy the winter.
9. Solitude & deceleration
Not only in this special winter a real advantage: on the track you have distance to everybody. A lot of distance. Because of the long skis, poles and running movements you must naturally keep this distance and most of the time you are almost completely alone on wide tracks in the lonely and snowy landscape. Here you can simply switch off, relax in the movement and get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
10. Relive childhood memories
Many of us remember having to go cross-country skiing with our parents or grandma and grandpa in the past – but we don’t always have fond memories of it. It was kind of boring with mom and dad, and really uncool in school anyway. The dusty image that cross-country skiing is a sport for pensioners has remained in the minds of many. But: Cross-country skiing is becoming a real trend sport among young athletes. More and more young people are discovering the cross-country track, especially the skating technique is really popular. Cross-country skiing is no longer uncool, but actually quite stylish.
11. You can take your dog and kids
Thanks to a special dog track, even your best friend can train with you. Toddlers can make themselves comfortable in the special kid’s trailer, wrapped up warmly, and glide over the track with mom and dad. The trailers can be rented in numerous stores int he region, so that the cross-country skiing vacation becomes a family fun. Wheelchair users can also train perfectly on the quality-tested sled tracks and enjoy the landscape.
Time to get going!
Enough words – now it’s time to hit the track! Tip: The tracks in Leutasch are particularly flat and therefore suitable for beginners, as is the iconic A1 at Seekirchl in Seefeld. The Kaiser Max Round is the longest connected cross-country ski track in Austria. An overview of rental stores in the region can be found here. Especially at the beginning it is definitely worthwhile to take some lessons and get useful tips from your instructor.
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Fotos: Charly Schwarz, Tirol Werbung/ Johannes Aitzetmüller, Laura Zobernig