Recommended Cross Country Skis for Beginners

Recommended Cross Country Skis for Beginners
Touring wintry trails on cross-country skis is a way to avoid lift lines and crowds at the downhill resorts while getting one of the best forms of aerobic exercise known to man. Cross-country skiing is easy to learn and significantly cheaper than downhill skiing in both the cost of equipment and lift tickets. When choosing your first pair of cross-country skis, it is wise to choose a wide ski offering increased stability and a waxless base, which requires less maintenance by the skier.

Alpina Control Cross-Country Skis

Alpina's Control Cross-Country skis are ideal for beginners since their wide width offers increased stability. The skis are fine for tracked skiing at local Nordic ski areas and ventures off trail on ungroomed canyon roads and golf courses. The Control's base features an elevated traction pattern, in contrast to the typical traction style carved into the base, and provides ultimate traction during strides. Additionally, the waxless base makes for easy care. In addition to a unisex version, Alpina's Control skis come in a women's specific version featuring a wide sidecut that makes them even easier to control.

Alpina Sports


Fisher Cruiser Voyager Skis

Fisher's Cruiser Vogager skis are a sensible choice for beginners primarily skiing in groomed tracks. Like Alpina's Control ski, the Voyager's have a wide body offering optimal stability on the trails. Fisher uses a special Wide Body Technology that increases the width of the ski under the binding, offering even more stability. Fisher's Cruisers come with pre-mounted NNN bindings so you need not purchase bindings separately or have them mounted.

Fischer Skis U.S. LLC
60 Dartmouth Drive
Auburn, NH 03032

Madshus Lillehammer Skis

Madshus is a ski manufacturer based out of Norway, and the Lillehammer skis are for beginners who plan to progress at a fast rate. Madshus skis have a narrower width than both the Alpina's and Fisher's, thus offering less stability but increased speed. The Lillehammer's traction pattern is most aggressive under the foot and progresses toward the tip and tail, promoting a smooth, efficient glide. The wax-free base provides excellent glide most conditions, and the skis perform best on tracked trails. They come with a pre-mounted binding plate but you must purchase bindings separately.

Industrivegen 29 N-2836
Biri, Norway
+47 6113 4300


Article Written By Wren Mcilroy

Based out of Salt Lake City, Wren Mcilroy has been writing outdoor recreation and travel-related articles for 3 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology from Winona State University in Minnesota.

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