So you’ve decided to take up Nordic skiing!


Whether practicing Skate, Classic or Touring style, Nordic skiing offers both great fun and exercise and is becoming more and more popular every season. Step 1: Equipment. The key to success lies above all in the choice of equipment. In Classic Nordic skiing, it is important select your equipment according to your ability and fitness levels, as well as your height and weight.

1. Determine your level
Classic style is comparable to walking in snowshoes and can be practiced on groomed trails in-track or off. Aside from the ability to walk with skis on and slide as much as possible from one ski to the other, a minimum of amount of work on technique is required to begin enjoying the sport. Everyone must find their own pace based on their physical abilities and level of endurance or experience. To begin you must choose an area suitable for learning like a flat course or lightly sloped course, where physical endurance is not as required. Practicing endurance sports or having a good alpine skiing background will quickly help. Whether practiced very intensely or in a quieter style like going for a walk, the “fitness” aspect of this activity is appealing to more and more skiers. This very accessible technique offers a great compromise between skiing and snowshoes for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Don’t forget to warm-up by adopting a slow initial pace and increasing your pace gradually.

Wax-able skis or waxless skis? There are two types of Classic style skis: wax-able or waxless skis.

Waxless Classic skis are addressed to all audiences. Easy to use, these skis will satisfy those skiers that aren’t seeking for the highest levels of performance. Perfect for beginners, this type of ski allows you to climb and descend easily with the major benefit of no specific maintenance or waxing.

Classic skis that are wax-able are addressed to more experienced Classic skiers. These skis require a minimum of technique and snow quality knowledge in order to identify the right wax. This type of ski offers optimal glide for skiers seeking fun while targeting performance. 

2. Determine your physical health
Classic skiing is a comprehensive physical activity combining the benefits of endurance, a full-body muscular workout (upper and lower limbs, trunk) and the psychological benefits of being outdoors. Starting from a “slow glide” you will shift toward the alternate ski. This exercise requires good balance while holding a long glide phase on the ski as you propel yourself to the other. To better prepare yourself for the ski season, increase your daily physical activity (walking, climbing stairs …), doing endurance sports, diversifying your activities to fit your body (running, cycling, swimming, roller skating …) and include some exercise for the abdominal muscles. For more personalized advice visit your nearest Rossignol Nordic dealer.

3. Choose a ski according to your body
Classic style “Race, Performance & Touring” skis are generally longer than Skating skis. The best size depends on the size of the skier, and his or her strength and skiing style. Generally the size of the Classic ski should be 15cm taller than the skier. “Outdoor Fitness & Evo” classic skis (ALIAS & EVO ranges) are shorter than “traditional” classic skis. The correct size depends on the skier’s morphology and riding style. These skis are intended for less intensive practice than “traditional” classic skis. Choose a ski size that is shorter than the “traditional” classic skis, or less than 15cm taller than the skier. If you are between two sizes, take note that longer skis provide better glide, but will be a little less maneuverable. When starting out it is best not to choose too large of a ski.


We have an amazing selection of Skate, Classic & Backcountry skis and boots!