Five minutes in and my lungs are tapped. I have to stop to catch my breath. I’m so focused on the snow a few feet ahead on the trail that I can scarcely enjoy the amazing views. That was me learning to skate ski almost ten years ago, before I was even a runner.
Skate skiing is a form of cross-country skiing that utilizes a skating motion rather than a parallel striding motion (think: ice skating on 6-foot long skinny skis). It generally requires groomed trails, and is therefore best practiced within a cross-country ski center. The skating motion allows you to climb up hills and fly on flats all while giving your balance, core and glute muscles a major workout. And, yeah, you get to ski down those hills, too.