Cross Country Skiing & Biathlon in Chamonix, Argentière, Les Houches and Vallorcine
Techniques of Cross Country Skiing
The Skating technique emulates the acceleration action when skating on ice. The skis are positioned diagonally with the tips splayed out and the tails almost touching. The skier thrusts forward over the ski. Skating should provide greater accelertion and speed but requires more energy and agility.
Two techniques requires 2 different ski trails. Sets of two grooves are cut by machine each night for Traditional skiers. In Chamonix, Skaters and Traditionals share same piste, so a flat 2-5 metre wide piste for the skaters is prepared adjacent to the traditional tracks. Skaters should take care to not allow a ski to cross the grooves. Skaters leave a herringbone pattern in the snow.
Equipment & Fashion Styles of Cross Country Skiing
Traditional skiers wear loose fitting clothes but lycra is almost obligatory for skating!
It's this range of choice, plus the suitability for children and the whole family, that makes Nordic skiing such a popular winter sport.
All trails are circuits which begin at a "Foyer de Ski de Fond" and are graded, like downhill skiing, into green, blue, red and black. Black being the most difficult. At the "Foyer" buy a ticket - typically €6.50 for a day (adult), and pick up a piste map. Don't worry if the foyer is closed; set off anyway as the piste patrollers will collect payment en route - cash only - they don't carry credit card machines.
Chamonix Valley Cross Country Trails (Check below more information)
Green 0.5km 9km 2.4km 1km
Blue 5.5km 5.5km 4km 6km
Red 10.5km 12.5km 9.3km 4km
Lessons & Cross Country Ski Instructors
Biathlon in the Chamomix Valley
Foyer de Ski de Fond Chamonix / Chamonix Cross Country Ski Office
74400 Chamonix Mont-Blanc