Nordic ski touring
What is nordic ski touring?
With nordic touring skis on your feet, you can explore completely untouched mountain terrain. It differs from cross-country skiing, which usually requires groomed tracks and often takes place near resorts. The difference between nordic touring skis and cross-country skis is that a pair of nordic touring skis is more stable. They are slightly wider, thicker, and often have an edge that makes downhill skiing easier. You also wear a more stable and warmer boot. While cross-country skiing is a form of exercise, nordic ski touring is more about exploring. These adventures don’t have to be challenging – even young children can come along. However, if you’re a beginner, it’s wise to stick to marked winter trails on flat terrain.
The ski equipment is roughly the same for beginners as it is for professionals. Some of them are suitable for flat terrain with loose snow, but most resemble downhill skis, meaning they have an edge that provides better grip while traveling more diagonally in the terrain. You can get tips and rent equipment at several of the STF mountain stations.