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/>

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