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Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills for Fun and Fitness [Paperback]

Steven Hindman
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Sept. 14 2005 Mountaineers Outdoor Expert
* Technique demonstrated in step-by-step photos
* Special learning activities reinforce instruction
* Sidebars for trouble-shooting common problems and matching technique to terrain and snow conditions
* Tips for engaging the family

From the first time you step into your bindings to mastering the stride, the glide, and the skate: Steve Hindman has you covered. As a certified instructor, he's introduced hundreds of people to the sport; he also wrote the study guide for the Professional Ski Instructors of America certification exam. Here he shares the same techniques he teaches on the snow, whether you're setting out for a city park, looking for family fun at a groomed ski area, or heading into the backcountry to set your own track.

This comprehensive guide covers equipment and accessories, waxing for grip and glide, training and conditioning, snow camping, route finding, and avalanche awareness. It will take you from how to fall (and how to get up again), through the classic and skate skiing basics (including stance, poling principles, and downhill tactics), to effective racing technique. It also takes up more advanced variations of the sport-freeheel, telemark, and ski mountaineering.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great instruction manual. Jan. 7 2014
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This manual has all the information you need to become a proficient Cross-country skier. It is well-written with step-by-step instructions from technique to waxing and fitness. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn how to Cross-country ski!
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The book had all the info I wanted to become a proficient classic cross country skier. It also had info on waxing my skis, which
was very helpful. The book also had tips on becoming a proficent skate-skier, which I hope to become in the future. I had originally
rented the original copy from the library. This was the revised edition and had better pictures and somewhat more detail in
the text than the origianal did. Overall, an excellent book for anyone wanting to improve their skiing experience.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent XC ski book Jan. 20 2007
By David J. Uherka - Published on
Steve Hindman's book is an outstanding introduction to Nordic skiing. He starts from scratch, describing the types of skis and bindings, and showing you how to get started for the first time. He then gradually progresses to the more advanced techniques of efficient and enjoyable cross country skiing. I have been Nordic skiing for 26 years without much instruction, and I learned a lot from the book. I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent comprehensive primer on enjoying the snow via skis March 4 2006
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
Aspiring skiers will love Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills For Fun And Fitness: it joins others in Mountaineers' 'Outdoor Expert' series, providing a long-time PSIA instructor's techniques using step-by-step photos and learning activities to back instruction. Common problems receive sidebars of easily-accessed information, while technique is surveyed for different terrain and snow conditions. Cross-Cross-Country Skiing: Building Skills For Fun And Fitness: isn't just about technique, though: it includes games, health concerns, and tips on selecting skis and clothing. An excellent comprehensive primer on enjoying the snow via skis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great motivator Nov. 2 2008
By Tezza - Published on
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This is an excellent, shall we say "classic" book on XC skiing.

I would recommend it to anyone, either as a learning tool, a motivator, or just a classic text for your library.

The photos are great and you can tell that the text is written by someone who not only knows his stuff but has a passion for it.

The only minor quibble is the section on telemark turning. If your interested in telemark, your probably better off buying one of the two books recommended that concentrate on telemark technique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to cross-country skiing Nov. 3 2011
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This winter will be my first cross-country adventure. Very different from alpine skiing so I was looking for a good overview. This book covers the entire subject. Introduces, but is not intended to teach details of waxing and detailed techniques. Outstanding introduction. Also convinced me to start with lessons even if an experienced downhill skier.
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5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive Feb. 26 2013
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I got this book to prepare for a job at a nordic center as an instructor, rentals assistant, etc. As it turned out, it was the same book my workplace already had and recommended I read. Lots of well presented advice and pictures on classic and nordic form as well as teaching tips. There's also a great introduction to ski types, mechanics, and waxing.
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