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Hey Brooks.(4 posts)

Hey Brooks.eyebob
Jan 2, 2003 8:25 AM
I think that you were the one who mentioned in a past post tht you thought that xc-skiing was a good workout. I've since taken it up and try to get out at least 3x per week. Here's a pic from of Musseuw at the finish line of some xc event lending credence to your idea.

Ride on, um, er, ski on...

Picture didn't link, but...Brooks
Jan 2, 2003 8:50 AM
I checked it out on Yes, it is a great workout as I'm sure you are finding out. I've got my skis right next to me here in my office ready for a noon-time ski. Going classic today as I haven't waxed up the skate skis yet. We have a Citizen's series of five races here in Utah. Of course, with several former Olympians in my age group, I just stay in the Novice category and try to do 5k in the time they do 10k. I'm working on getting a tube attached to my bike rack so I can ride in to work and to the ski track with the skis on the bike. Trying to use the car as little as possible.

By the way, my middle initial is T (Thomas) and my family calls me BT. I do a double take when you post and close with BT.

Jan 2, 2003 10:30 AM
I'm impressed with the effort that you're taking to get ins some skiing. I'm going to start making some time a lunch if possible too. What's the big difference between classic vs. skate skiing? I assume that the style is different, but can you blaze trails just as easily in a skate ski as you can in a classic ski?


"Bob" (In defference to your own BT)
Not too big a deal.Brooks
Jan 2, 2003 11:26 AM
I live in Park City, Utah. It's only a couple of miles from my house to work so the ride is cold but fun. Our golf course in town is now groomed for XC skiing, both classic and skate. And yes, the difference is in style. Two parallel tracks is classic style, also used to "blaze trails" in the backcountry. Skate style is like roller blading or ice skating, pushing off with your instep and going somewhat side to side. Best done on a groomed track. A lot faster but also more work than classic. Originally developed by Bill Koch, the only US Olympian to medal in XC skiing (silver in 84? or so). Now a separate category in international competitions.