Why is cross-country skiing so healthy?

Three good reasons for cross-country skiing

The best full body workout

Cross-country skiing is not only good for your heart, circulation and lungs. You can also improve your endurance, balance and coordination.

Easy on the joints

The fluid movements of cross-country skiing are particularly easy on the joints. Nevertheless, you train can train your leg and torso muscles as well as your shoulders and arms.

For body, mind and soul

Simply glide through the snow-covered landscape and let your soul dangle: Cross-country skiing gives you new energy for your everyday life.

Different types of cross-country skiing

Classic cross-country

  • The movement sequence is very similar to walking and is therefore particularly suitable for beginners.
  • You walk on a prepared track by moving your arms and legs diagonally.
  • Classic cross-country allows you to develop a feel for the technique and for your skis before tackling the more advanced skating.


  • Skating is skiing in open terrain, rather than on prepared tracks.
  • This makes the run more varied, as it can include anything from flat skating sections to uphill climbs and steeper downhill runs.
  • Skating is rather different, especially on uphill climbs, as the skis must be positioned in a kind of V-shaped position and the technique used is similar to ice skating.
corss country skiing in a forest avenue<br/>

Learn to cross-country ski - how to get started

Hit the trails with rental skis

You have never tried cross-country skiing or you want to start again? No worries: with the right equipment and a few tips, you're sure to get off to a good start in cross-country skiing.

  • A good preparation:  Prepare your body slowly and continuously for the winter season. Endurance training, stretching and balance exercises are perfect for this. 
  • Find the right cross-country skiing technique: Skating or rather classic? Beginners in particular start out on the groomed trail and opt for the classic cross-country skiing style.
  • Breathable clothing: The right clothing for cross-country skiing shouldn't be too thick or too thin. Ideally, you'll opt for breathable materials and a close-fitting cut.
  • Find a suitable trail: As a beginner you should choose a blue marked trail for your first tour. Valley trails with low gradients are perfect for your first cross-country experience.

What's so special about cross-country skis

Cross-country skis differ considerably from alpine skis. This is primarily due to the following points:

  • Slim, thin shape of the skis
  • Lightweight construction despite the wooden core
  • Focus on aerodynamics and a light weight
  • Characteristic bindings: boots are attached to the skis by the tips only.

However, the mechanism also calls for caution on downhill runs, as the special bindings and properties of the skis can be tricky to manoeuvre in turns. The poles are also longer, by comparison, as the body is more upright when crosscountry skiing.

Cross-country skiiing ona beautiful, sunny day