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Staying in Shape with Cross-Country Skiing

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Cross-country skiing has some similarities with downhill. They both have skis, boots, and poles. But that's about where the similarities end.  

With cross-country skiing, you only click into the front of the binding. This leaves your heal free for a gliding motion. 

The bottom of cross-country skis have fish scales on them so you won't slide backward. And most people are used to taking a chair lift to the top of the hill. But with cross-country, you get your self there and that's what makes this such a good workout.  

Ben Grasseschi says cross-country skiing is a great way to stay in shape for all the other sports you do. The cross training is ideal for triathletes, runners, even downhill skiing because it works on balance. "I think cross -country skiing is probably the best all around physical sport you can do besides maybe swimming. As far as getting the arms into it, the legs and it's super low impact."

There's a festival happening right now that offers clinics in cross-country skiing, among other things. 

To learn more, go to http://alpenglowsports.com/ 

Written By Wendy Damonte
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