- List and describe the principle characteristics, qualities, and sizing of the following cross-country skiing equipment:
- Skis (both waxable and unwaxable)
- Describe and demonstrate how the above gear would be prepared for use and cared for both on the field and during the off season.
- What consideration should be made when selecting clothing to be worn while cross-country skiing? What features would you look for when selecting a pack for cross-country ski touring?
- Demonstrate properly on skis the following travel techniques:
- Flat striding with good kick, purchase, and form
- Single poling, change-up, and double poling
- Side stepping up and down slopes
- Herringbone slope climbing
- Traverse-side stepping up slope with kick turns
- Straight up slope climbing
- Straight downhill running under control, 20 degree slope (schuss)
- Moving step turning down slope
- Snow plowing for slowing speed and stopping
- Sitback stopping
- Explain the purpose of waxing. Briefly explain the need for different waxes for different snow types and temperatures.
- Explain basic safety precautions to follow in cross-country skiing.
- Know and explain the official National Ski rules for conduct in cross-country skiing.
- Demonstrate skiing ability by doing the following:
- Take three separate three-mile trail tours with another individual. If possible, have varying snow conditions.
- Take a ten-mile tour over varying terrain.
- During all tours carry necessary gear (safely) and wear proper clothing for conditions demonstrating ability to maintain proper body temperature, dryness, and condition.
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