Property Log In   |   Subscribe

Travel Tip For Today

Bring one pair of comfortable walking shoes as well as a pair of sandals or Tevas. Before you leave home, break in your new shoes so you're not uncomfortable on the road.

Cross-Country Skiing Basics


Although winter can be an uneasy time of cold, sickness, and "cabin fever," there are many alternatives to change your attitude from depression to relaxation. All it takes is a pair of skis, boots, poles, and some fluffy snow to make the blues drift away. Not only is cross-country skiing a relaxing mode of exercise, it is also healthy, invigorating, and a beautiful way to travel. The cost is quite inexpensive compared to downhill skiing, and it offers more time to spend with your skiing companions, breathe in the clean air, and view the majestic scenery.

Go to your local sporting goods store and ask plenty of questions about the proper skis, boots, and poles which will fit your size, level, etc. You especially want the boots to be comfortable. Walk around the store for a while with the boots on and keep in mind you will be wearing thick socks so choose a larger size. Children's feet grow fast, so always buy a larger size for them.

A talk and perhaps an appointment with your physician may be necessary before you plan a cross-country skiing excursion. You certainly don't want to over-exert yourself in the woods if you have a heart or any other type of medical problem which could prompt an emergency. An exercise program may be designed by your doctor a few months before the first snowfall so your body will be better equipped to handle the rigors of skiing.

Once you've decided on a place to ski, check out the area before you actually put on your gear. If you're going on a ski vacation miles from home, call park stations and get the best advice for the safest area to ski. If it's your first time, hire an instructor to ski with you. They can keep you and your family on the right track.

Make sure you dress for the weather. It may be fairly warm when you begin skiing, but after a few hours the temperature will surely drop. Wear plenty of layers: thermal underwear; long-sleeved shirt (preferably a turtle-neck); a thick sweater; pants; wool socks; cap; and gloves. Make sure your coat does not extend too far down from your waist, as it will hinder your leg movements. You may need to shed layers as your body warms from exertion.

Sunglasses and sunblock with plenty of protection are necessary. And a tube of lip block is also helpful. If you have a cellular phone which will still work well in the cold, bring it along. You can tuck it into a zippered pocket. If an emergency arises, the phone will be a blessing.

Bring along some snacks. Have some trail mix, sandwiches, crackers, and a small container of bottled water handy in a backpack. Try not to eat too much before you begin skiing or you may experience some cramping. Just take regular breaks and nibble here and there.

Don't push yourself or your children too much. Ski slowly in the beginning and gradually build up some speed. Take rest stops and check out the view. You could bring a compact set of binoculars to get a better look at the wildlife surrounding you.

Plan for a hot bubble bath after skiing. And, if possible, sit in a warm hot tub and have everyone give each other a massage. Your muscles will thank you!

Tips to keep in mind:

1. Talk to your physician about cross-country skiing as a form of exercise and how it works with your health.

2. Get the proper gear for the family's skiing needs.

3. Make sure you are somewhat familiar with the area you'll be skiing.

4. Hire an instructor if necessary to help you with the trails or take a lesson first time out.

5. Wear warm, comfortable, and free-moving clothing in layers you can remove.

6. Bring protection like sunglasses, sunblock, hat and lip block.

7. Bring along a cellular phone in case of an emergency.

8. Snacks will help give you and your children energy to keep you from getting tired too quickly.

9. Carry a backpack to store food, water, and other essentials.

10. Don't over-work your muscles; keep a slow pace if you're inexperienced.


Cross Country Skiing in Glacier National Park

Bed and Breakfast Inns

Featured Property

The Historic Taos Inn -
Taos, NM United States

Experience Southwestern charm and history at this quintessential New Mexico Inn nestled in the heart of Taos' historic district. When you step into the Inn, you step into Taos history.

Taos Inn

Contact Information

125 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Taos, New Mexico 87571
United States
Toll Free Reservations: 800-TAOS-INN
Fax: 505-758-5776
General Manager: Chris Smith
Visit Our Web Site
View Full Listing

top panel image

Add Your Property

Grand Wailea Resort & Spa

" award-winning web site"
"...the best value hands down"

>> Learn More

bottom paźŇcuimage

Visit Pamela Lanier Web Site Visit Lanier Bed and Breakfast Web Site Visit Elegant Small Hotels Web Site Visit Travel Guides Web Site