Cross-country skiing is the winter equivalent of running, jogging, or walking on snow. As a sport it is fast and exciting, as a leisure activity it is pursued for fitness or for touring across snowy terrain. Skis can be made for speed- light and long, boots attached at the toe only, with the athlete wearing a lycra race suit. Or skis can come with metal edges, beefy bindings (still with the boot attached just at the toe to allow walking), and the skier now wearing full mountain kit for days in the hills.
With extensive snow cover it can seem that the whole of Scotland is ideal for cross-country skiing. Tracks are cut in the forests of Glenmore and Clashindarroch and athletes can train on home snow. The cut-tracks allow classic techniques (diagonal stride, double pole) to be used and the pisted trail beside them is suitable for free technique (skating). Join one of the Cross Country (Nordic) Ski Clubs and you can gain access to kit, coaching and knowledge!
When winter skis are stored away it is time for roller skiing. Similar techniques as winter can be practiced on tarmac with closed loops of paths at Huntly and Glenmore and many other suitable areas.
Roller ski racing is a great summer activity with a Scottish Race Series of 6 races including two up Cairngorm Ski Road. Winter races take place in both Clashindarroch and Glenmore as snowfall allows.
With the success of Scottish athletes in international cross-country ski racing, and with such wonderful areas to practice the discipline, whether for sport or leisure, there has never been a better time to get involved in a Scottish Nordic Ski Club.
Snowsport Scotland would like to congratulate the athletes on their selection. Please see the document below for the complete selection list.