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2/5/12 2:43 A

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I tried it once and loved it, but I definitely have a preference for downhill. I also had trouble stopping and fell a couple of times, but it was a nice easy breezy trail. I would do it again but every time we go on a ski trip nobody wants to go xc with me for a day. Since we don't live near mountains we try to do downhill as much as we can in the winter. But when we get a house we will probably get some xc equipment to use for the occasional local winter storm. emoticon

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12/4/11 10:07 A

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I'm with you all on this. Alpine skiing is my favorite, snowshoeing next and xc skiing 3rd, although I am getting better at xc but scared to death going downhill! Funny because I like to alpine ski fast!

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I grew up on flat lands, and we had to do x-country skiing for P.E. class in winter time. It wasn't enough for me during my school days, or may be I was one of those weird teenagers who loved to go x-country skiing on weekends. I think I have a true love for this sport. I miss it so much living in SoCal. Every time we make a trip to the mountains to alpine ski, I make sure I spend a day doing x-country.

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@TWOSTICKS

Good point about the leg strength. I'm a pretty strong road cyclist / indoor spinner and do weight lifting so I'm pretty sure my legs are good to go; They seem fine for the XC skiing so far.

I'll take that into consideration, though, and pay attention to maintaining / increasing the quad and calf strength.

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I'll be heading out on the xcountry skis this week and then am going to try and go after work every monday in the new year.

4A-Healthy-BMI - about snowboarding and your bad knee: you'll probably want to make sure that you leg muscles are pretty solid before heading out on the board, I also have one repaired knee and you'll find there is still pressure/strain on the knee regardless of which leg is dominant in boarding. I found that making sure my upper leg muscles where strong helped a lot. Could just be me though- have fun regardless of what you do!

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I have pretty bad arthritis in one knee, left over from an injury and meniscus removal when I was a teenager.

So far I only XC ski because the strain on the bad knee is just too much for downhill skiing. Some have suggested trying snowboarding and making the strong leg the dominant side, so I think I'll give that a try this year.

I love the rush of whitewater kayaking, and although I'm game to go out even now in my drysuit it's hard to find others willing to come with me! LOL It's going to be a long boring winter if I can't get my adrenalin somehow...

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I do a mix of alpine, alpine touring and cross country skiing. I would do cross country almost daily for cardio if we had enough light in the evening or morning - December and January are hard for that. All of the above are more fun than the gym.
Alpine touring (AT) is by far the best workout of these, but it's a big investment in gear and you have to learn about avalanche danger.
Knowing that I'm looking forward to the coming AT season has been a big motivator for me to get to the gym.

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I'm a cross country skier now, or for at least as long as we are living in the flat lands!
I enjoy it, it's wonderful being out in the quiet and hearing the birds etc but I do miss the speed and excitment of skiing and snowboarding!



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you guys thought about alpine touring? best of both worlds ;p I am going to give alpine touring a shot in a few months, looking really forward to it

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My only tip is don't fall down. Seriously... I feel pretty clumsy on xc skis, which is ironic, because I feel pretty with it on alpine skis.

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Growing up we lived by a great wilderness park (about a block away) so my dad bought everyone in the family a set of cross country equipment, I think I used it 3 times or so.

I've been under the impression that I was too out of shape to give it a go, but next season it is on my list of things to get out and try.

I'll be bugging all of you for tips!



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I did it again this morning. Couldn't run, so I skied. But boy, I have to say--I'm much more graceful on alpine skis. :-

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I grew up in the Northeast and skied the Catskills, the Berkshires, and Vermont. Then I moved to MN, the land of cold and some snow, but no mountains. My passion is Alpine skiing, and I try to get out west at least once a year. But now I do a ton of X-country skiing. It's a heck of a workout, but not nearly the adrenaline rush. I would rather exercise outside whenever I can, so I prefer X-country skiing to the "dreadmill" or a spin class. Classic is easy to pick up, just like walking. I also skate ski, which is more challenging to learn, and is an incredible aerobic/anaerobic workout. It kicks my butt! So have fun playing in your new found snow. Hopefully, it won't be around too much longer and spring will be here soon.

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Kristine,
My choices go alpine skiing, snowshoeing then cross country skiing. I have only done the XC a couple of times and I can't figure out how to stop! I try the downhill methods and I end up on my face!

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My forte is alpine skiing, but I'm going to head out and do some nordic this evening, and it got me wondering if anyone else does it. (I'm doing the XC because we got a huge dump of snow and it's convenient--I'll head out with a friend after my hubby gets home from work.) I got into it in college because it was so much cheaper than alpine (pretty much: acquire gear, go ski), but my true love is alpine skiing.

That said... I love snow, and I'm really looking forward to getting out and exercising (and being goofy) with my friend.

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