Learn Diagonal Stride

Step by step video lessons for learning the classic cross-country ski technique called diagonal stride.
  • Level: Beginner
  • Lessons: 5
  • Watch Time: 25 min 
Credit for this progression: Lyle Wilson of Nipika Resort. View the original video series HERE >>> (member only)

Reference Video (silent demo)

Are you just getting started in classic cross-country skiing? Do you already cross country ski, but want to learn how the pros do it instead of shuffling along the trails?

Learn to ski in the competition-style of classic cross country skiing, ideal for gliding along beautifully groomed nordic ski trails.

This series of lesson videos teaches the fundamentals of of the classic cross-country ski technique called diagonal striding. Diagonal stride is the technique most used by beginner cross country skiers.

Start right in classic skiing or overcome old habits with this simple, step by step video lesson plan.

Video Lessons

Know before you go

Step 1 of 5

This video highlights what you need to know about the basic mechanics of Diagonal Stride technique and how a classic ski works. For a more comprehensive overview of Diagonal Stride technique, please refer to these videos (member-only):

1-2-3 Stepping Drill

Step 2 of 5

Stride & Swing

Step 3 of 5

Drop & Pop

Step 4 of 5

Foolproof Poling Progression

Step 5 of 5

What to do next

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