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Spring cross country skiing

 Poster: A snowHead
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What's the cross country equivalent of ski touring? Well you may not know if it even exists but it is pretty much the same thing, skiing on spring snow away from pistes.


Desi Steiner on the Fluella pass a few days ago.

I did some research into what cross country skiers get up to when ski areas shut down. There are quite a few options, some surprising, like creating their own ski trails as happend at Gressoney and high on the Cormet de Roselund this spring. Now I know snowheads isn't big on cross country so just posting as it is snow, ski related and it is summer, at least today

Spring cross country skiing


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Thanks for the post.

I tried rollerskiing last week, which is supposed to be a summer training option for cross country skiers. It's surprisingly fun!
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Nice to see a snowy picture. And to think of late spring skiing above the Cormet de Roselend! The skier in that photo has what I think of as the typical cross-country physique = racing spider!
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pam w wrote:
Nice to see a snowy picture. And to think of late spring skiing above the Cormet de Roselend! The skier in that photo has what I think of as the typical cross-country physique = racing spider!


last season the French team fired up the piste basher in the second half of May at... les Saisies. You could have skied and cross country skied this year to mid May too. It is a little snow pocket that area.
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LittleBullet wrote:
Thanks for the post.

I tried rollerskiing last week, which is supposed to be a summer training option for cross country skiers. It's surprisingly fun!


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@davidof,

My OH lived in Norway a while back and mentioned rollerskiing is a popular summer training alternative for cross country skiers out there.

It's taken me a few years to commit
but I finally signed up to a beginner 5 week session with rollerski.co.uk who run a number of courses in London and the south east (yes sorry London centric again). It's basically mini skis with wheels on each end. Feet are attached using what I believe are cross country bindings. Here's a random YouTube video:

http://youtube.com/v/PnGYWJWlk_s

Now I've only done it once so I'm by no means proficient but I can imagine it'd be a good workout especially when taking the dog around our local park. The guys running the course claimed that 95% of their beginner students end up competent enough after 5 weeks to join the larger intermediate group sessions.

The only sport I'm into outside of Snowsports is squash so hopefully getting into this will be a way to do finally some endurance training for splitboarding trips.
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Where did you do the course? I know they have them in Hyde Park and Dorney Wood (where Pippa Middleton learnt).
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Had a set for thirty years, but still not as good as the kids in that video. You need a hard surface without traffic, cycle routes are good. They say you should use tungsten tipped poles but I find even these don't last long and they cost a fortune. I use rubber bungs off walking poles, you don't get as much push with them. A hard hat is a good idea as you fall quite a lot.
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I'm doing the course in Hyde Park

@OwenM, have you tried the 'off road' ones? looks like it's possible to rollerski on cycle paths etc.
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No not tried the off road ones, cycle paths are ok as long as their tarmacked you just sink into gravel. It's great fun and a good workout.
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http://www.mccsc.org.uk/

this link in the telemark thread will take you to the Manchester cross country ( and rollerski) page who link to races biathlon etc ..
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Some superb images from David Picard and Nicolas Perrier who work for the ESF at Chamrousse with a sound track by Thomas Perron.


http://youtube.com/v/FMHfhgttHK4
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