Today's blog post author, Greg Babinec, is a Crystal Mountain golf professional and a seasoned veteran on Nordic skis. He swaps teaching swing for teaching skiers how to stride and skate at Crystal's new Cross Country Learning Center.
The new Crystal Mountain XC Learning Center, located across from the tennis courts on Mountain Center Drive, offers a learning environment where students can work on their technique in a private, controlled and peaceful environment.
Located conveniently adjacent to our trail system, the center offers a variety of terrain on which to practice. Flats, hills and off camber slopes are groomed to provide the perfect place for an introduction to striding or skating. With filming analysis of a student's form, we are able to provide immediate feedback to help correct and/or perfect a skier's performance. There is just enough elevation change to work on climbing and descending skills. A track-set for diagonal striding, plus groomed lanes for skating, provide both beginning and experienced skiers with a wonderful venue to work on learning and enhancing their skills.
Our XC Learning Center is available for private lessons or groups. For beginning Nordic skiers, it is important to work on one's balance throughout the stride in both skating and classical disciplines. Working without poles will help speed up the process of balancing on one ski at a time. As balance improves, the poles can be introduced to increase the length of one's stride and glide. It is also important to keep the center of gravity slightly forward to help with maintaining balance. Practicing the fundamentals will shorten the learning curve and increase the enjoyment of XC skiing. Happy Trails!!
For XC Learning Center lesson reservations, contact the Cross Country Center, located in Kinlochen, at 800.968.7686, ext. 4000.