Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)


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The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger, Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
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Tele skiing

Dave Ide cranks
a tele-turn
on a slope in the
Agawa Canyon,
Ontario, Canada.
(Photo by Dave Ide)


Cross-country skiing

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on October 13, 2004

Contents of page

   Cross-country skiing
         Where to ski
         Waxing and maintenance

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Adelsman's Cross-Country Ski Page

Basics of Cross-Country Skiing

Canada X-C

Cross Country Canada

Cross Country Ski Areas Association
   Where to ski

Cross Country Ski TrailSource
   Where to ski

Cross Country Ski World

Cross-Country Skier Magazine

Cross-Country Skiing Online


GORP--Cross-Country Skiing 101

GORP--Regional Cross-Country Skiing Guide

Great Lakes Nordic Ski Council

Michigan Trails and Greenways

Nordic Center

Nordic Voice


Ski Joring

Swix Sport

Technique--The Basics

Telemark, Nordic, and XC Skiing Injuries

The Wax Book

Tognar Toolworks Ski Tuning

Utilmate Ski Guide
   Where to ski

XC Skiing Training and Physiology




Michigan--The Best Cross-Country Ski and Snowshoe Trails, by William Semion (Globe Pequot Press, 2000)

Northern Michigan's Best Cross Country Ski Trails--In the Lower Peninsula, by Mike Terrel (Outdoor Recreational Press, 1994)

Trail Atlas of Michigan--Nature, Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, by Dennis Hansen (Hansen Pub., 1994)



Complete Guide to Cross-Country Ski Preparation, by Nat Brown (Mountaineers, 1999)

Cross-Country Ski Conditioning, by Bob Woodward (Contemporary, 1981)

Cross-Country Ski Maintenance and Repair, by Seth Masia (Contemporary Books, Inc., 1987)

Cross-Country Ski Waxing and Maintenance, by Wendy Williams (NTC Publishing Group, 1978)

Waxing and Care of Cross-Country Skis, by Michael Brady (Wilderness Press, 1986)

Waxing for Skiers--A Complete Guide Containing More Than 80 Photos and Illustrations, by Malcolm Corcoran (Green Frog Pub., 1997)

Waxing for Ski Touring and Cross-Country Ski Racing, by Michael Brady and Lorns Skjemstad (Mountain Sports, 1971)


** Allen and Mike's Really Cool Backcountry Ski Book--Traveling and Camping Skills for a Winter Environment, by Allen O'Bannon (Chockstone Press, 1996)

And So You Want to Go Cross-Country Skiing?, by Jim Houldsworth (Hollow Spring Press, 1981)

Backcountry Ski Book--Traveling and Camping Skills for a Winter Environment, by Allen O'Bannon (Allen Publication, 1997)

Backcountry Ski Camping, by Alan Bragg (Contemporary, 1978)

Backcountry Skier, by Jean Vives (Human Kinetics, 1999)

** Backcountry Skiing--The Sierra Club Guide to Skiing off the Beaten Track, by Lito Tejada-Flores (Sierra Club Books, 1981)

Basic Essentials of Cross-Country Skiing, by John Moynier (ICS Books, 1999)

Basics of Modern Cross-Country Skiing (Alta Press, 1988)

Beginner's Guide to Cross-Country Skiing--A Step-By-Step Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing in North America, by Edward Baldwin (Greywood Publishing, 1972)

Beginning Cross-Counry Skiing, by Chic. Mendez (Prensa Publications, 1979)

Better Way to Go--Cross-Country Skiing, by Stan Talesnick (Amethyst Communications, 1983)

Caldwell on Cross-Country Training and Technique for the Serious Skiier, by John Caldwell (S. Greene Press, 1975)

Citizen Racing, by John Caldwell and Michael Brady (Mountaineers Books, 1982)

Competing in Cross-Country Skiing, by B. H. Nilsson and Maxine Hobson (Sterling, 1975)

Complete Book of Cross-Country Skiing and Ski Touring, by Arthur Liebers (Barnes and Noble, 1977)

Complete Cross-Country Skiing and Ski Touring, by William Lederer and Joe Wilson (W.W. Norton, 1975)

Complete Cross-Country Skiing, Mountaineering, and Backpacking Guide, by Eastern Mountain Sports (Tobey Pub., Co., 1973)

Complete Guide to Cross-Country Skiing and Touring, by Art Tokle (Vintage Books, 1977)

Complete Ski Cross-Country--The New Handbook for Touring and Racing, by Michael Brady (Dial Press, 1982)

Complete Skiing Handbook, by Mark Hellerand and Doug Godlington (Mayflower, 1979)

Complete Winter Sports Safety Manual--Staying Safe and Warm While Snowshoeing, Skiing, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, and Camping, by Bery Kreissman (Bear Claw Press, 1997)

Contemporary Cross-Country Skiing, by Pat Thornton (Contemporary Books, 1978)

Coping With the Cold--A Practical Guide for Wilderness Ski Travel, by Holm Neuman (1986)

Cross-Country Downhill and Other Nordic Mountain Skiing Techniques, by Steve Barnett (Globe Pequot Press, 1983)

Cross-Country Primer, by Laurie Gullion (Lyons and Burford, 1990)

Cross-Country Ski Book, by Johnny Caldwell (Stephen Green, 1984)

Cross-Country Ski, Cook, Look & Pleasure Book and Welcome to the Alice in Snowpeople Land, by Hal Painter (Wilderness Press, 1973)

Cross-Country Ski Gear, second edition, by Michael Brady (Mountaineers, 1991)

Cross-Country Ski Technique Book, by Bob Woodward (Leisure Press, 1983)

Cross-Country Skier's Bible, with a Section on Snowshoeing, by Erwin A. Bauer (Doubleday, 1977)

Cross-Country Skier's Handbook--A Complete Guide to Technique, Equipment, Competition Clubs, and Trails, by Samuel Osborne (Macmillan Library Reference, 1989))

Cross-Country Skier's Trailside Guide, by Craig Woods, and Gordon Hardy (S. Green Press, 1983)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Arnold Lunn (E. P. Dutton, 1921)

Cross-Country Skiing (Boy Scouts of America, 1992)

Cross-Country Skiing, by George Sullian (Messner, 1980)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Hans Brunner (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1972)

Cross-Country Skiing, edited by Heikka Rusko (Blackwell Science, Inc., 2001)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Kalman Banitz (Colban of Canada, 1976)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Kondor Laszlo (Children's Press, 1979)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Ned Gillette and John Dostal (Mountaineers, 1988)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Paddy Field and Tim Walker (Crowood, 1987)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Peter Mohn (Crestwood House, 1976)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Ronald Crawford-Currie (Reinhold, 1982)

Cross-Country Skiing, by Sindre Bergan and Bob O'Connor (NTC Publishing Group, 1996)

Cross-Country Skiing (Special Olympics International, 1995)

Cross-Country Skiing, by W. Wotherspoon and B. Potvin (Alberta School Book Branch, 1982)

Cross-Country Skiing--A Complete Beginners Guide, by George Sullivan (J. Messner, 1980)

Cross-Country Skiing--A Complete Guide, by Brian Cazeneuve (W. W. Norton, 1995)

Cross-Country Skiing--A Complete Guide, by Casey Sheahan (Dutton, 1988)

Cross-Country Skiing--A Handbook, by Roger Homyer (Corner Stones, 1999)

Cross-Country Skiing--An Introduction to a Winter You've Never Seen Before, editied by Rob Chickering (Dell, 1972)

Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, by Erwin Bauer (Winchester, 1975)

Cross-Country Skiing Basics, by Terry Brown and Rob Hunter (Coles, 1979)

Cross-Country Skiing for Everybody, by Renee P. Collins and Robert Faulkner (Greatlakes Living Press, 1977)

Cross-Country Skiing for Everyone, by Jules Older (Stackpole Books, 1998)

Cross-Country Skiing for the Fun of It, by Margaret Bennett (Dodd, Mead, 1973)

Cross-Country Skiing Guide, by John Hamburger (World Publications, 1978)

Cross-Country Skiing Handbook--A Detailed Instruction Book on Cross-Country Ski Touring for Both Beginners and Experts, by Edward Baldwin (Charles Scribner's Sons, 1972)

Cross-Country Skiing--Instructional Manual, by Terttu Haronoja-Thomas (1974)

Cross-Country Skiing is for Me, by Rosemary Washington (Lerner Publications, 1982)

Cross-Country Skiing--Racing Techniques and Training Tips, by Sigi Maier (Barron's, 1980)

Cross-Country Skiing--The Complete Beginner's Book, by George Sullivan (Silver Burdett Press, 1980)

Cross-Country Skiing...the Natural Way, by Leif Odmark (Contemporary Books, 1978)

Cross-Country Skiing Today, by John Caldwell (Stephen Green Press, 1977)

Cross-Country Skiing--Touring and Competition, by David Rees (Copp Clark Pub., 1981)

Cross-Country Skiing--Training and Racing, by Sven Wiik (Sven Wiik, 1964)

Digest Book of Cross-Country Skiing, by Erwin Bauer and Peggy Bauer (Follett, 1979)

Discover Cross-Country Skiing (World Publications, 1974)

Don't Get Snowed--A Guide to Cross-Country Travel, by Michael Riley (Greatlakes Living Press, 1977)

Eddie Bauer Guide to Cross-Country Skiing, by Archie Satterfield and Eddie Bauer (Addison-Wesley Pub., Co., 1983)

Essential Cross-Country Skier--A Step-By-Step Guide, by Paul Peterson, Richard Lovett and John Morton (Ragged Mountain Press,2000)

Essential Guide to Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing in the United States, by Charles Cook (St. Martin's Press, Inc., 1997)

Essentials of Cross-Country Skiing (Rodale Press, 1986)

Exercise--Cross-Country Skiing (North Dakota State Department of Health and Consolidated Laboratories, 1988)

Feeling Good with Cross-Country Skiing, by Jean Bedard (Lidec, 1977)

First Steps on the Ski Trail--How to Teach Children to Cross-Country Ski, by Valeriy Usakov (Stadion Publishing Co., Inc., 1998)

Fitness Cross-Country Skiing, by Steven Gaskill (Human Kinetics, 1998)

Five Easy Turns--A Guide to Cross-Country Ski Turns, by Michael Jeneid (Nordic Ski Press, 1980)

Getting Going on Nordic Skis--A Guide to Recreational Cross-Country Skiing, by Jim Burns (Los Alamos Ski Touring, 1981)

Good Glide--The Science of Ski Waxing, by Leif Torgersen (Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., 1985)

Handbook on Mountain Skiing, Col. George Bilgeri (Chadwick Press [London])

How to Ski Cross-Country, by Allen Slade and Jay Dahlgren (Special Interest Publications, 1984)

How to Ski Telemark, by Allen Slade (Special Interest Publications, 1984)

How to, When to, Why to--A Norwegian Model Training Guide and Program for Cross-Country Skiers, by Torbjam Karlsen and Ruff Patterson (Nordic Equipment, 1998)

Instuctor's Manual for Teaching Nordic Skiing, by Rob Henderson (The Association, 1989)

Learn to Cross-Country Ski in One Day, by Bob Faulkner and L. John Chapman (Rand McNally, 1978)

Let's Learn Ski Touring--Your Guide to Cross-Country Fun, by Gene Tinker (Walker, 1971)

Making Camp--The Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Paddlers, and Skiers, by Steve Howe et al. (Mountaineers, 1997)

Making It, a Guide to Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Winter Survival, by John Hitchcock (Harrowood Books, 1973)

Making It: Winter Survival, by John Hitchcock and Charles Fox (Livingston, 1973)

Making Tracks--An Introduction to Cross-Country Skiing, by David Wicks (Pruett Pub. Co., 1995)

Manual of Ski Mountaineering, by David Brower (Sierra Club)

Marathon Skiing, by Sandy Stiefer (Rosen Pub. Group's Rosen Central, 2001)

Mental Toughness Training for Cross-Country Skiing, by Eric Evans (Viking Penguin, 1990)

Military Ski Manual, by Frank Harper (Stackpole Co.)

Military Skiing (Department of the Army, 1982)

Mountain Skiing, by Vic Bein (Mountaineers, 1982)

National Ski Patrol Nordic Manual (National Ski Patrol System, 1985)

New Complete Book of Cross-Country Skiing, by William Lederer (W.W. Norton, 1983)

New Cross-Country Ski Book, by John Caldwell (Smith Peter, 1988)

Nordic Ski Technique and Instruction Manual--The Official British Nordic Ski Instructors Handbook, by Andy Main and Tim Walker (British Association of Ski Instructors, 1987)

Nordic Skiing, by Michael Brady (Dreyers Forlag)

Nordic Skiing (Training and Education Associates Ltd., 1974)

Nordic Skiing--Steps to Success, by Laurie Gullion (Human Kinetics, 1993)

Nordic Techniques--American Teaching Method Nordic, by Tom Sudduth (Professional Ski Instructors of America, 1981)

Nordic Touring and Cross-Country Skiing, by Michael Brady (Port City Press, 1971)

Nordic Training Manual (National Ski Patrol System, Inc., 1998)

One Stride Ahead--An Expert's Guide to Cross-Country Skiing, by Marty Hall (Winchester Press, 1981)

One Stride Ahead Cross Country Skiing, by Duncan Barnes and George Watrous (New Win Publishing, Inc., 1980)

Physiology of Cross-Country Ski Racing, by Ulf Bergh (Human Kinetics Publishers, 1982)

Pleasures of Cross-Country Skiing, by Morten Lund (Avon Books, 1975)

Pocket Guide to Cross-Country Skiing, by Greg Vivian, Ron Cordes, and Gary LaFontaine (Greycliff Publishing Co., 1994)

Professional Ski Instructors of America Present Cross-Country Skiiing Right, by William Hall (Harper San Francisco, 1984)

Regnery Guide to Ski Touring, Sven Wiik and David Sumner (Regnery Co., 1974)

Runner's Guide to Cross-Country Skiing, by Dick Mansfield (Acorn Pub., 1990)

Simple Secrets of Skating--A Teaching Method, by Lee Borowski, 1986)

Skating for Cross-Country Skiers, by Audun Endestad and John Teaford (Liesure Press, 1987)

Skating on Skis, by Dick Mansfield (Acorn, 1990)

Ski Camping--A Guide to the Delights of Back-Country Skiing, by Ron Watters (Great Rift Press, 1993)

Ski Cross Country, by Michael Brady and Lorns Skjemstad (Dial Press, 1974)

Ski Cross-Country, from Touring to Racing--An Authoritatie, Up-To-Date Handbook, by Lorns Skjemstad and Michael Brady (Dial Press, 1974)

Ski Easy... The New Technique--Alpine and Cross-Country, by Ernie McCulloch (McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1973)

Ski Faster, Easier, by Lee Borowski (Liesure Press, 1986)

Ski Maratoners, by Rita B. Stadig (R. Stadig, 1987)

Ski Mountaineering, by Peter Cliff (Pacific Search Press, 1987)

Ski Nordic, by K. Ben Buss (1972)

Ski Skating with Champions--How to Ski with Least Energy, by Einar Svensson (Einar Svensson, 1994)

Ski the Nordic Way--A Manual of Cross-Country Skiing, by Cameron McNeish (Cicerone, 1981)

Ski Safety, by the American Red Cross (Doubleday and Co.)

Ski Safety and First Aid, by Lawrence M. Thompson

Ski Tips, by the Environmental Clearing House of Schenectady, Inc. (Schenectady County, 1978)

Ski Touring--An Introductory Guide, by William Osgood and Leslie Hurley (C. E. Tuttle, 1974)

Ski Touring--A Winter Affair, by Gail Bigglestone and Margaret Strait (Kendall/Hunt Pub., Co., 1975)

Ski Touring for Beginners, by Bjorn Kjellstrom and Bill Rusin (Silva Co., 1974)

Ski Touring Guide--The Ski Tourer's Manual (Ski Touring Council, 1979)

Ski Touring with Kids, by H. Hill Gibb and Henry Gibb (Pruett Publishing Co., 1984)

Skiing (Boy Scouts of America)

Skiing and Snowshoeing (U.S. Army, 1957)

Skiing Basics, by Judy Crawford and Len Coates (Methuen/Two Continents, 1976)

Skiing Cross-Country, by Ned Baldwin (McGraw-Hill, 1977)

Skiing Manual, by Ken Morris (Canadian Special Olympics, 1980)

Skiing on the Level--Official Cross-Country Manual of the German Ski School, by Helmut Drescher (Sterling Pub., Co., 1974)

Skiing to Win, by Harvey Edwards (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1973)

Snow Skier's Bible, by Peter Shelton (Doubleday, 1991)

Sports Illustrated Cross-Country Skiing--A Complete Guide, by Casey Sheahan (Sports Illustrated, 1988)

Spur Skiing Companion, by Terry Brown (Spurbooks, 1983)

Steve Rieschl's Ski-Touring for the Fun of It, by Cortlandt Freeman (Little and Brown, 1974)

Strength Training for Cross-Country Skiing, by Cory Schwartz and Steven Fleck (Cross-Country for Skiers, Inc., 1990)

Telemark Ski Book--An Introduction to Cross Country Downhill, by Gordon Hardy and Jay Carroll (Viking Penguin, 1972)

Total Telemarking, by Brad English (East River Pub., Co., 1984)

Training for Cross-Country Ski Racing--A Physiological Guide for Athletes and Coaches, by Brian Sharkey (Human Kinetics Publishers, 1984)

Training for Nordic Skiing, by Dave Prokop (World Publications, 1975)

Waxing and Care of Cross-Country Skis, by M. Michael Brady (Wilderness Press, 1986)

Waxing for Cross-Country Skiing, by Michael Brady and Lorns Skjemstad (Wilderness Press,1979)

Wilderness Skiing, by Lito Tejada-Flores (Sierra Club, 1972)

Wilderness Skiing and Winter Camping, by Chris Townsend (Ragged Mountain Press, 1993)

Winter Touring--Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing, by Clayne Jensen (Burgess, 1977)

X-C In a Day, by Wendy Williams (Contemporary Books, 1979)




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