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Once you understand the basic technique of cross-country skiing, it is largely a question of practice. Having said that, the first lesson is all important. There are some things you need to know that are hard to work out by trial and error. You really need a good teacher because even experienced skiers often can't explain what they are doing....
As soon as you grasp the basic techniques of cross-country skiing, all you have to do is practice. However, the first lesson is the most important. There are a few things you need to know, and these may be difficult to work out on your own. You will need a good instructor, as even experienced skiers can have problems with explaining the basic techniques.
The booklet "Walking on Snow" may be of interest to you as it provides a light-hearted but informative introduction to cross-country skiing. It is written for beginners, and in particular the British as they often have tried a bit of downhill skiing. The booklet can be found at www.richardson.no.
I have been looking after guests at Sjusjøen for 12 years now, and although 95% of my work is with cross-country and Telemark skiing, I am a fully qualified BASI downhill teacher.
Private lessons can be booked with me directly. My rates are the same for both x-c and downhill lessons:
- 1 person: NOK 500 per hour,
- 2 people: NOK 350 per person per hour
- 3 people: NOK 300 per person per hour
- 4 + people: NOK 250 per person per hour
- Family: NOK 1000 per hour.
Most people need 2 hrs to get going, and then maybe a bit of help after a couple of days. Guiding/groups for up to 6hr day NOK 2000.