Cross Country Skiing Health & Fitness Facts
Did You Know…
- Participation in cross country skiing increased 21.6% from 2003-2004
- 42% of Nordic skiers are women
- 30.5% of cross country skiers are ages 25-44
- 16% of cross country skiers is a child aged 7-17
- 2.4 million cross country skiers take to the snow each year
Fitness Benefits and/or Muscles Used
- Cross country skiing burns more calories per hour than any other sport
- It offers a low-risk, low-impact aerobic form of exercise.
- Is an ideal cross-training sport for running or biking.
- Is advocated by medical professionals as the best cardiovascular fitness activity.
- Is an excellent low-stress outdoor exercise
- Uses natural movements, resulting in a very short learning curve
**calculations are estimates based on consultation with American College of Sports Medicine
Opportunity to spend time with friends and make social contact with other skiers on trails and at ski area lodges.
The entire family can participate together. It is a family-friendly, multi-generational activity, ideal for young children and grandparents.
It is a practical way to enjoy the outdoors during the winter.
Even More Good News*
- Cross-country skiing is one of the most affordable snow sport activities. A day trip costs, on average, $12 for a trail pass (for those who already have equipment) or $35 for trail pass, rental equipment and a lesson.
- There are approximately 350 cross country ski areas in the United States and an equal number in Canada.
- Cross-country skiing is a lifetime sport that is easy to learn.
- The latest advances in boot and binding systems, and shorter skis give today’s cross-country skiers more control, comfort and support.
- Learning with an instructor on a groomed trail is the easiest way to begin enjoying the sport. Once you know how to cross-country ski, you don’t have to go beyond your backyard to enjoy this wonderful winter sport.
Cross Country Ski Areas Association
National Sporting Goods Association 2004 Sports Participation Study