Cross-Country Skis

More info: Cross-Country ski-sets styles & lengths ?

There are basically two different techniques in cross-country skiing. Classic and skating.

The classic technique is the original one. From this technique, the skating technique developed due to new technologies of cross-country skiing. There are different demands on material and athlete for the different running styles. 

Wax skis vs. Scale skis vs. Skin skis

Tempo fast medium slow
Suitable for sporty / athletic advanced berginner/ hobby runner nordic cruiser / hobby runner
External conditions Preparation with the appropriate wax required suitable for all conditions not recommended in case of ice and wetness
Care very complex, preparation with the right wax for your conditions necessary easy care, cleaning & impregnation of the skin after a few runs easy care, cleaning of the scales and waxing of the ski after a few runs

More functional features

  1. Ski width and side shape: Different sidecuts have different effects on the handling of the ski.
    • High tailored: the ski turns more easily
    • Low tailored: the ski has a better gliding and guidance
    • Width ski: more stability and secure footing - ideal for beginners
    • Narrow ski: lightweight - ideal for athletic runners
    • Arrow shape: fast skis at World Cup level
  2. Torsional stiffness: Torsional stiffness is the stiffness of a ski that counteracts the torsional forces. 
  3. Ski weight: The ski weight is important, especially for racers. Light skis allow a higher basic speed and are less tiring and easier to lead over long distances.