Cross-Country Skiing Links

Cross-country skiing, nordic skiing, and ski touring.

“The Two-Step Way to Learning to Skate”
Mike Childers gives tips for learning the cross country skating technique.

Professional Ski Instructors Association – Nordic
Gateway to nordic instruction, manuals, events, and demonstration team.

Professional Ski Instructors Association, Eastern Division

Amateur Ski Instructors Association
ASIA serves instructors in alpine and nordic skiing through workshops and certification.

“The Australian Nordic Ski Instructor Manual”
The online version of the 1990-99 official manual for all Ski Australia’s National Coach and Instructor Scheme courses, this site is nicely organized and designed. Its only drawback is the scarcity of illustrations.

Australian Professional Snowsport Instructors – Nordic
Links to information about courses, skills, training, and resources.

British Association of Snowsport Instructors
Trains and certifies instructors in alpine, nordic, telemark, snowboarding, and adaptive skiing.

Canadian Ski & Snowboard Professionals
(Professionnels canadiens de ski et surf des neiges)
Look for links to Canadian Ski Instructors’ Alliance and to Canadian Ski Federation.

Interski International
Interski is the world umbrella organization for snow sport instruction.

Cross Country Ski Areas Association
Links for racing, resorts, and equipment. News about the industry.

Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Areas Association
Links to ski touring centers.

Maine Nordic Ski Council
MNSC promotes cross country skiing through events and competitions. If you are interested in skiing Maine, this is a good place to start.

Cross Country Ski TrailSource
Guides the nordic skier to trails worldwide.

Canada Trails
A guide to ski trails in the Great White North.

United States Telemark Ski Association
USTSA is the national governing body for competitive Telemark events in the US. Promotes the sport through educational activities.

North American Telemark Organization
NATO offers telemark and backcountry skiing instruction: clinics, workshops, camps, and adventure tours. Many activities are scheduled for New England.
This commercial site is rich in information for telemarkers: news, trips, events, gear, discussions, instructional media, and snow/weather conditions.

Telemark Skier Magazine
Couloir Magazine sponsors this electronic edition of its new telemagazine.

United States Biathlon Association
USBA is the national governing body for this olympic sport, running development programs and competitions.

World of Biathlon
A cooperation between the International Biathlon Union and the EBU.

International Biathlon Union
IBU is the international governing body for the sport.
News and features about the athletes and competitions worldwide.

45th World Military Ski Championship
CISM (Conseil International du Sport Militaire) sponsors ski and biathlon events among its 117 member nations.

Backcountry Skiers’ Alliance
Dedicated to preserve and protect a quiet, non-motorized winter recreational experience.

Colorado Firstrax
Backcountry skiing equipment, technique, safety, weather, and more.

“Nordic Neighborhood”
Jonathan Wiesel writes daily articles on the sport: recreation, competition, gear, personalities, resorts, and more. Click “Past News” at the bottom of the page to read the archived past columns.

First Tracks!!
An online ski magazine with information about almost any aspect of snow sports and links to over 2000 related sites.

Cross Country Skier  Magazine
“The Journal of Nordic Skiing.” Features articles and columns from the print edition: events, training, equipment, personalities.

SkiTrax Nordic Ski Magazine
“North America’s No. 1 Nordic Ski Mag” covers the nordic scene in the USA and Canada.

Couloir  Magazine
Backcountry and extreme activities: news, articles, gear, weather, deals.
E-zine for snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, hiking, climbing, and photography.

United States Ski and Snowboard Association
Home of the United States Ski Team. Follow links to Cross-Country and Nordic Combined.

National Cross Country Ski Educational Foundation
NCCSEF promotes development of cross country skiing through funding programs that broaden entry-level participation in competition.

New England Nordic Ski Association
NENSA is the umbrella organization for organized racing in New England: clubs and nordic team development. Check here for coming events and race results.

Cross Country Skiing in New England
New England Cross Country Ski Racing announcements, results, and equipment: a lot of news here.

American Cross Country Skiers
AXCS serves Master skiers through education, promotion, and communication and publishes The Master Skier. The web site features events, training, technique, equipment, and more.
Massachusetts racing: news, events, results, photos.

Adelsman’s Cross Country Ski Page
Although oriented toward cross country racing in the upper midwest, there is still some good information about gear, training, and events.

At Skiing
Here’s a great collection of links to almost every aspect of nordic skiing.

American Birkebeiner
North America’s largest cross country ski marathon. Check here for information, training tips, travel specials, events, and results.

Cambridge Sports Union – Cross Country Skiing
CSU sponsors races for adult skiers, mainly at Weston Track.
Canadian cross-country racing: news and results.

Catamount Trail Association
A cross country ski trail which runs the length of Vermont. Look for trail maps, trip reports, and club news.

New Hampshire Cross Country Skiing
New Hampshire Trails Bureau brings you information on x-c skiing in New Hampshire’s state parks and forests.

Cross Country Skiing in Vermont
The Vermont Ski Areas Association sponsors this guide to cross country ski areas in the Green Mountain State.

Pacific Northwest Ski Association
An example of an excellent regional web site.

“PSIA Nordic Technical Manual”
This is the PSIA bible for technique and instruction. 108 pp

“Cross-Country Downhill and other Nordic Mountain Skiing Techniques”
Steve Barrett, 112 pp, Globe-Pequot Press

“Backcountry Skiing: The Sierra Club Guide to Skiing off the Beaten Track”
Lito Tejada-Flores, 1982
Sponsors snowshoe races around New England.

Blatant Commercialism

Swix Wax
Become a waxmeister by studying the Swix home page: waxes for racing, recreation, alpine, nordic, snowboards; waxes for kick and glide; tips for cleaning and base preparation.Reliable Racing
A long-time supplier of alpine and nordic racing equipment to teams and ski areas, as well as to the recreational enthusiast.

Akers Ski
An old family business in Maine, Akers offers equipment and supplies for all flavors of the sport. Great sales on discontinued and one-of-a-kind items.



Kifaru sells the former Mountainsmith sled, an expeditionary model, and a militarized version, all suitable for pulling behind a skier.Wilderness Engineering
WE offers several models of sleds or pulks for cross-country skiers.

Ziffco’s Outer Limits Mountaineering Sled.



Skijor Now
Information on dogs, training, equipment.

Books, training tips, FAQs for skijoring.

Ikon Outfitters
Shop here for canine snowsport equipment: harnesses, sleds, and more for skijoring and competition.

Midwest Skijoring
News, events, training and equipment, oriented toward the midwestern states.

New England Sled Dog Club
NESDC has a few links on skijoring and a lot of information on sledding with dogs.

North American Skijoring and Ski Pulk Association
NASSPA offers education, clinics, tours, competition, and newsletters.

The Alaska Skijoring and Pulk Association
ASPA promotes recreational and competitive skijoring in the Alaskan interior. The site is nevertheless helpful to us in the lower 48 states.