Bindings Boots Gloves Poles Skis Wax
All equipment must be inspected prior to starting. Cleaning, waxing or scraping skies during a race is not allowed. Races begin with a classical, freestyle or pursuit start, where different restrictions are placed on what skiers may do in the first 100-200 meters. Skiers must allow for others to pass unless the race is in the final 200 meters. The final 200 meters of the course must be as straight and narrow as possible. The skier that finishes the race in the least amount of time is the winner.
Cross Country Skiing is an individual, endruance sport where competitors use skis to travel across long, flat distances. Cross Country Skiing can be done for exercise, recreation or competition. Cross country skiing is an ancient activity originating in prehistoric Scandinavia. Used then for hunting and farming, it is now primarily a recreational and competitive activity. Due to the unique motion skiers take, equipment is specially designed for cross country use. Being an endurance sport, cross country skiers must have a strong heart and lungs.
Cross country skiing originated in Scandinavia in prehistoric times. It was originally used as a way to hunt, farm and herd animals in snow. Competitive and recreational versions began sprouting up across Scandinavia in the 18th century. Technological improvements in the areas of skis and snow grooming in the 1950's and 1960's allowed for greater access to the sport. Today, cross country skiing is an Olympic sport, and remains popular in cold weather climates around the world.