Skiing Holidays

Cross Country Skiing Holidays

British Columbia, Canada boasts 50-plus nordic, or cross country, skiing areas in addition to the ones located in the provincial and national parks. The top-of-the-line trails that run through wild back country are ideal for cross country skiing holidays.

Popular Cross Country Ski Destinations

For cross country skiing holidays in Canada, travellers should try those at Sovereign Lake and Whistler Olympic Park. The Hills Health Ranch close to Williams Lake offers cross country skiing holidays cowboy style. For those desiring old-fashioned, snow-covered forests dotted with wildlife, Manning Park, Strathcona Provincial Park and Bulkley Valley Nordic Centre all fit the bill nicely.

British Columbia's Cross Country Skiing Holidays Resorts

Ten of the 13 main British Columbia skiing holidays resorts, such as Callaghan Valley, Kicking Horse, Mount Washington, Panorama and Silver Star, provide trails meant for all skill-level cross country skiers. All 10 of these resorts have accommodations, restaurants, various winter activities and other amenities.

Skiing Tips for Cross Country Skiing Holidays

Remember that:

* User fees are usually charged at groomed trail networks
* Equipment rentals, lessons and tours are offered at large cross country ski areas
* Tire chains or four-wheel drive may be required for access to some routes
* It is important to always check the weather report before heading outdoors.

Proper Attire for Cross Country Skiing Holidays

Waterproof jackets that are not restrictive or hard to move in should be worn. Non-bulky downhill skiing jackets are an acceptable alternative. Remember, slim-fitting, contoured jackets may be pricey but their aerodynamic properties are worth the investment. And while downhill skiing pants are suitable for cross country purposes, it is usually best to wear pants that are made just for nordic skiing because nordic skiing pants are designed to flow with the movements that are unique to cross country skiing. In the case of downhill pants, they fit looser and are not as slim-fitting or aerodynamic.

Because of the weather, wearing insulated layers during cross country skiing holidays is a must-do, just as it is with downhill skiing. Experts recommend that skiers don synthetic materials as opposed to cotton for their first layer of clothing; synthetic fabrics are designed to wick away sweat, keeping the skier more comfortable. A turtleneck or sweater is appropriate for the second layer of clothing but a fleece or a soft shell jacket is also appropriate. For the outside layer, a waterproof jacket/pants pair should be worn.

Since helmets are not necessary to wear during cross country skiing treks, skiers can sport stylish yet functional hats. And remember, even though it is cold, sport sunglasses are needed during sunny days in order to shield the eyes from harmful UV rays and to aid the skier's line of vision. These sunglasses are available for those who wear prescription glasses. In the same manner as one should wear pants and jackets, gloves should be insulated and not bulky. Seasoned skiers know that money spent on a high-quality pair of glove that work well in keeping the hands warm can prevent them from having their day ruined with mild frostbite.

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