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This video is intended for anyone new to the sport of cross-country skiing who is trying to decide between skate and classic skiing.
When it comes to skiing on machine groomed trails at Nordic Ski areas, there are two major styles of cross-country skiing: classic skiing and skate skiing. Professional cross-country skiers compete in both styles; but skate and classic require different equipment, which makes it hard to get started in both at the same time.
This video compares the mechanics of skate and classic skiing and discusses the physical challenges of each style in terms of the balance, coordination and fitness levels demanded by each type of skiing.