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Cross country skiing - how to start

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Hello all,

My wife is very keen to get into cross country skiing but we have been struggling to find ways to get started. We are going to La Tania at the end of March/early April but can’t find anyone to provide lessons and equally can’t find anyone to hire the right type of equipment from. This seems odd given the amount of availability of terrain in the area, particularly around Le Praz, created for the Winter Olympics.

Anyone have any ideas or suggestions?

Cheers
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https://www.ski-school-la-tania.co.uk/private-lessons/nordic-ski

give them a call about where to hire the gear from
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https://www.bergfex.com/la-tania/detailinfos/

this indicates there is cross country ski hire in La Tania also, so give them a bell to find out which shops

its a great sport and very addictive
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We have tried ESF and have not had much luck. The La Tania school said they didn’t do it and suggested we contact some of the other Courchevel schools. Bit disappointing
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https://ski-hire-sport2000.co.uk/equipment/other-equipment-and-sports/cross-country-skis - sport2000 la tania hire the skis

https://www.oxygene.ski/la-tania-ski-school/ oxygene offer cross country lessons
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I tried in Jura one weekend a few years back, it was great and addictive

I decided I was going to have one or two days in all my subsequent family holidays
Unfortunately, all the trips in March and April have always meant there was no snow on the village x-country tracks where we have been since
Maybe just luck of the draw of where we were and when

Good luck, great fun
Take lessons !!! Going down the most tame of slopes is completely different to normal skis
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@sev112, we are in the same boat, kids mean we are restricted to the hell of half term or our preference which is first week of Easter. Snow conditions last Easter were terrible and the tracks around Le Praz and La Tania were very brown / green but it’s possible this year may be better given the base and the fact that Easter is slightly earlier but we’ll have to wait and see.

I guess the other option is ski touring as you can at least start higher up but I think the skiing skill level needs to be higher for that and my wife is really only a blue run skier
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Look for resorts on a col, several have excellent cross country pistes eg Les Saisies, Les Mosses (where I currently am), high and pretty snow sure, easy adjacent pistes and are also relatively quiet even at half term.
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The Jura (just north of Geneva) has some great cross country skiing e.g. http://www.monts-jura.com/en/ski-winter/cross-country-skiing.html
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Cross country skiing is everywhere here in Austria. I recently started. It's great fun, a good workout and nowhere near as easy as it looks.
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Unfortunately we are already booked into La Tania this Easter, it’s a perfect location for kids learning to ski, low cost catered chalet options and skiing area for the adults. In theory it also has a great cross country skiing area.

Oxygene school unfortunately don’t do lessons for this in three valleys, only in some other resorts such as La Plagne, so looks like it’s just ESF if we can get them to sort themselves out!
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If you can find somewhere to rent get some classique gear and go and give it a try. Skiing in the tracks is basically intuitive but make sure you are on the flat to gain confidence. Going down the slightest gradient can be a alarming and worse if involves a bend. Try that to see if you like and and then get lessons for technique etc. Lessons are clearly then best idea but having a try out on your own is not the worst. We did it that way and three years ago moved on to skating. Skating is not intuitive so lessons are needed. This applies even if you are aware of the technique as long thin skis are a lot more difficult than roller skates or blades. Enjoy
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