Having some basic gear and clothing will make all the difference in your enjoyment of a sport, not to mention your performance. Here’s what you’ll need:
Cross-country skis: These are lighter and narrower than downhill skis. They have a bigger curve at the tip, which helps them cut through the snow. Cross-country skis are long to distribute the weight of the skier and allow the skier to move swiftly.
Boots: More like lightweight hiking boots, these boots have hard but flexible soles.
Clothing: Dress in layers and make sure the layer closest to the skin is made of a synthetic material or wool, which will keep you warm even if the fabric gets damp.
Goggles: These keep your vision clear when it’s snowing.
Poles: Like downhill skiing, cross-country skiers use two poles, usually made of aluminum or fiberglass. The more costly poles are made of a strong but lightweight material like carbon fiber or graphite. Cross-country ski poles are lighter and longer than downhill poles. They’re also flexible, so a skier can push off without straining his or her wrists.