Dryland Training Tips for Nordic Skiing

Dryland Training Tips for Nordic Skiing
Unlike lift-serviced alpine skiing, Nordic skiing requires you to "earn your turns." This means that you need to be able to climb the hills. As such, it is far more aerobic than alpine skiing, since you are in a constant state of motion. Additionally, while Nordic skiing has balance requirements that are similar to alpine, it uses much more upper body strength. This means that your Nordic dryland training program should combine aerobic exercise, balance conditioning and upper and lower body strength training.


Inline skating bears a close resemblance to Nordic skiing. There are even ski-specific skate programs.


Slide Boards and Gliding Disks

Slide boards and gliding disks can be used to mimic the actions of Nordic skiing. if you don't have a board or a set of disks, two paper plates on a newly-waxed floor will do the trick.

Resistance Bands

Unlike weights, resistance bands give you resistance in both directions of the movement. They can easily be used to mimic the upper body movements of Nordic skiing.


Practice hiking uphill to improve glute strength and aerobic endurance.


Hip flexor flexibility is crucial for Nordic skiing. Foam roller flexibility is ideal for this purpose.


Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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