Everything you always wanted to know about XC skiing … | SummitDaily.com

Everything you always wanted to know about XC skiing …

When it comes to the reasons why Tim Carter and Tina Wilson published their inaugural Nordic Ski Colorado guide this year, they cite one.

“We would like to invite Colorado to ski with us,” said Carter, a repeat national champion Nordic racer.

The 84-page guide covers much of what cross country skiers need to know about the sport, whether they’re novices or more experienced. It’s a collection of basic information on equipment, getting started in the sport, how to wet your whistle in the controlled environment of a Nordic center, tips for getting children involved and more.

But the guide also zeroes in on several human-interest topics, such as the serious skiing in the charming town of Crested Butte, what it’s like to compete in the biathalon, where to go for a cross country ski adventure into the backcountry – and find fine cuisine waiting for you, and a chat with Sven Wilk, a “Nordic legend,” the guide states.

There’s a quick hitter for those who want to give snowshoeing a try, too.

The guide includes a chart that lists the trails and their lengths as well as services offered by Nordic centers in Grand, Summit, Gunnison and Routt counties. It also has the Colorado race schedule for the rest of this winter.

“We hope this magazine will serve as a complete guide to enjoying the sport,” Carter said, whether it’s as a reference or to help a friend or loved one get into the sport.

An online search reveals several collections of trails, mostly online through the likes of trails.com, a1trails.com, or trailsource.com. The activity is mentioned in mountain town visitor’s guides with a few local pointers, and gordonsguide.com provides a comprehensive list of cross country ski vacation packages. But it seems the handy, pocket-sized, free Nordic Ski Colorado guide is the go-to source for Nordic skiers in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain high country.

The guide can be found at select sporting goods stores, such as REI, on the Front Range from Colorado Springs to Fort Collins, YMCAs and recreation centers. They can also be found at Nordic centers in Summit, Grand, Gunnison and Routt counties. It’s available online at http://www.NordicSkiColorado.com.

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