Some skiers want to enjoy the outdoors at a slower pace, taking in the serenity of winter and getting some great exercise. Cross-country skiing is the perfect escape for them.
So now they are planning to spend a day or two in the backcountry and they don’t want to leave anything to chance. Good idea. Being unprepared happens too often. And the consequences don’t always make for a fun story at the dinner table.
Don’t leave even one essential piece back at the lodge and don’t spend countless hours wondering what you need besides skis, poles and a helmet.
Have a go-to checklist that covers everything from seemingly obvious basics to necessary survival tools. When getting ready for your next cross-country ski trip it may be tempting to try traveling light, but that could be a big mistake when you’re missing vital equipment out on the mountain.
The low profile activity of cross-country skiing has gained some popularity in recent years. It can take you just about anywhere there’s snow—from town to town or way out into the back country. The only limit is a skier’s strength, ability and knowledge.