With winter here and a great base of snow on the ground, its time to dust off the skis and hit the trails. Cross Country skiing is one way to explore the trails around Delta Junction.
The Delta Nordic Ski Clubpromotes community ski days every month in the winter. These events have taken place all over Delta and are hosted by various residents who enjoy skiing and like to share their favorite ski trails with the rest of the skiing community. If you are like the rest of the club members, a good snowmachine trail is all you need.
There are two types of cross-country skiing people will refer too, Classic and Skate. They each require a set of poles, skis, and boots that compliment the technique used.
Classic skiing is the most common. The “classic” technique involves the person striding on the trail as if walking. Skate skiing is more difficult. The “skate” technique is an open diagonal “skate” as if hockey skating.
If you have always wanted to try cross-country skiing there are local venues in which you can rent gear and give it a try. The Ft. Greely MWR Outdoor Recreation center has rental gear, if you have privileges to rent from them. In Fairbanks, the REI store and TRAX ski center offer ski rental packages.
If you have tried cross-country skiing in the past and are looking to purchase equipment there are options to buy new and used in Fairbanks. If you are looking for new equipment local sport shops in Fairbanks (Goldstream Sports, Raven Sports, Beaver Sports, and REI), all have knowledgeable staff and huge selections to outfit your needs.
The West Valley Ski Team and the Fairbanks Ski Patrol each hold ski swaps in the Fall. The West Valley Ski swap is in late October, and the Fairbanks Ski Patrol ski swap is November 8th from 10am to 4pm at the Pioneer Park. Ski swaps are a great way to buy used equipment or upgrade your current gear.
Cross-country skiing can be very refreshing and a great way to get out and exercise. It’s one of the few sports that is low impact for your joints and muscles and gives you a whole body workout. The sport is considered lifelong, and enjoyed by many due to the flexibility to be completely social or competitive.
If you are looking for an adventure or just want to try something new, grab a friend and ski the trails!