Blog: Nordic, another side of the hill |

Blog: Nordic, another side of the hill

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

Sure, the speed and rush of alpine skiing is great and all, but the other day I meandered across Village Road in Beaver Creek to the Nordic Center to try my legs at skate skiing.

It was a lot harder than I thought!

You loose the edges of your alpine skis as well as the stiffness of your alpine boots. That means controlling the blades is a lot harder and balance plays a bigger part. For those looking for a full body workout and maybe a little pain, this is for you.

As a cyclist in off-season, I appreciated the quality cardio workout skate skiing offered. It’s great cross-training for endurance sports if you don’t want to spend hours running on icy trails or biking in the dredges of magnesium chloride and slushy snow that line Highway 6.

Besides the workout, McCoy Park, where Beaver Creek’s nordic trails lie, is quite gorgeous. It’s hilly terrain with a majestic view of the mountains. It was snowing big, fat flakes when I went, making the mountains nothing more than hazy outlines beyond the trees.

The nice folks at Beaver Creek and the Vail Nordic Center were glad to help out, so don’t worry if you’ve never done it.

It’s a fun experience, so next time you’re looking for a little change, go nordic.

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