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Nordic Skiing Explained


The first Nordic skiing race took place in Norway in 1842. Nearly 100 years later, in 1924, the sport found its way into the Olympics for the first time. Now it is featured in multiple events, with both cross-country skiing and ski jumping. But skiing isn’t just for Olympian athletes—it’s a winter activity everyone can enjoy.

Nordic skiing, the original version of skiing, includes any form of skiing where the toe is attached to the ski but the heel is not. This type of skiing differs from its cousin, downhill skiing (or alpine skiing), where the entire boot is attached to the ski.

This distinction is important. If you have ever been downhill skiing, you know that getting anywhere once you’re at the bottom of the hill can be a real pain. Keeping the heel loose allows skiers to travel on flat or uphill ground.