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Nordic or cross country skiing is a mode of transport in Nordic countries, where the ground is covered in snow throughout most of the year. Prior to this method people used special snow shoes but these would get buried in the snow and impede progress along the roads by creating holes and obstacles.

They needed something to tred a larger area of snow to avoid sinking in, so the skis were created, this also provided the sliding element which not only showed to be more effective than the snow shoes but added speed to travelling along the roads. The flat waterproof base of the ski enabled people to slide over ice as well as snow, the elongated shape meant that they were easy to walk with and the impulse given from the long poles could speed up the whole process.

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Check your ski level


This is beginner level, this is your level if you have never skied before or if you have not yet achieved the snow plough (the basic way to stop and turn).


You will be at a B level if you can stop and turn by using the snow plough movement on a beginner slope. You will be able to ski down the mountain with some control.


You will have reached the C level if you can turn and stop with your skis parallel on the slopes considered easy to intermediate (blue and green). You will feel confident skiing down hill.


The skier at D level has a good control of turns in the parallel position and would be progressing onto tighter and shorter turns, using the edge of the ski with ease as well as being able to change ski rhythm when necessary.


The highest ski level is E, this skier is able to ski with ease and confidence on steep slopes including black runs and in snow conditions of all types including moguls. The E level skier can drive his turns with control and change rhythm and adapt to terrain accordingly.

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