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Approachable and accessible, cross-country skiing is a great activity for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. Still, if you’ve never strapped on a pair of cross-country (also called “Nordic”) skis, figuring out where to start can be daunting. For first-timers who may need some extra guidance, begin here, with our list of destinations that cater to…

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Think of it as a sign of progress rather than failure: Falling on snowshoes or cross-country skis is part of learning a new skill. Although it’s never enjoyable to fall, practice makes perfect. Try righting yourself on varying grades and standing up from both your right and left sides. Working on these skills in a…

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This could be perfect cross-country skiing for beginners, whether they’re kids or entire families. It is a mellow 1.7 mile loop trail that rolls through hemlock birch forests and a large open horse pasture, complete with grazing horses. And perhaps the best part is that it starts and ends at the vintage Abenaki Ski Area, run by…

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The number one mistake made by novice cross-country skiers: overlayering. You generate a lot of body heat as you ski. Here’s what to wear for cross-country skiing. A warm base layer is sufficient to keep you comfortable in all but the most arctic conditions.  Heat-stealing wind is a major concern. Wear a lightweight, wind-resistant top and…

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The snowy bounty of winter has arrived! To check current conditions at New England cross-country ski areas, here’s a quick round-up of the available online resources to help you find the perfect slip-sliding, glorious gliding experience this winter season. Photo: Flickr Commons; Take it the Manx Cross Country Ski Areas AssociationNot sure where to start?…

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Swish, swish. Swish, swish. Our skis whisked across the glossy white surface of a field at Dolly Copp campground in New Hampshire’s White Mountain National Forest. On this chilly, early spring morning, the campground was otherwise silent and empty. I followed two old friends, Brian and Val, eastward across the snow. In the distance lay…

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Skiers on the snowy Nashua River Rail Trail may feel like they’re inside a Norman Rockwell painting as they move through sleepy New England towns and white forests. The route weaves through the towns of Pepperell and Groton to endpoints in Ayer and Dunstable. Get out in the morning to revel in freshly fallen snow….

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The Northeast has donned its snowy cloak of slip-sliding fun. Time to winterize your life with a pair of cross-country skis and revel in the waiting wonderland. It’s only a kick and glide away. But before you head to your local ski shop—and stare slack-jawed at the bewildering array of equipment—here’s what you need to…

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LEARN MORE Read more about ski wax at outdoors.org/skiwax, and read Matt Heid’s gear blog here. The Northeast has donned its snowy cloak of slip-sliding fun. Time to winterize your life with a pair of cross-country skis and revel in the waiting wonderland. It’s only a kick and glide away. But before you head to…

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In March 2011, Matt Heid joined 70 racers on the starting line of the annual Ski to the Clouds race. Ten kilometers later he was crossing the finish line, half way up Mount Washington’s Auto Road. Experience the race in this first-person video. Read Heid’s full account of the race in the AMC Outdoors feature…

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