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Leadville Cross-Country Skiing

For a change of pace from downhill skiing or snowboarding, try cross-country or Nordic skiing. Amazing and easily accessible cross-country and Nordic tracks abound in the high country. Although the thrill of downhill (or "alpine") skiing is undeniable, another favorite winter pastime is Cross-Country ("XC") skiing. The primary functional difference between cross-country skiing and alpine skiing is that in XC skiing, the skier is attached to the ski only with the toe of the boot, leaving the heel "free." In alpine skiing, the entire foot is attached to the ski. The free heel allows a XC skier to climb, descend and traverse terrain making the sport a truly "cross-country" activity. In alpine skiing and snowboarding, the participant is limited to the range of downhill slope. Cross-Country Skiing definitely lives up to its reputation as the "world's best aerobic workout," but newcomers should not be frightened. Cross-Country Skiing can be as easy as a pleasant glide through a neighborhood park...or it can be the best overall fitness experience of your life. Go at your own pace, pick a destination, and off you go. Because you can XC ski just about anywhere with snow, you can match the terrain to suit your fitness level and interests. There is no shortage of wonderful venues for a day of cross-country skiing. There are many established Nordic Centers, where you can pick up rentals and head out on groomed and packed terrain. Alternatively, you can check with an expert and instead choose your own adventure in the backcountry.
For a change of pace from downhill skiing or snowboarding, try cross-country or Nordic skiing. Amazing and easily accessible cross-country and Nordic tracks abound in the high country. Although the …
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