Recommended Equipment List for Cross Country Skiing Trips:
- Map of the area you plan to ski
- High-energy food such as power bars or candy bars
- Waterproof matches
- Candle/fire starter
- Small flashlight with extra bulb/batteries
- First aid kit
- Lightweight plastic tarp or emergency blanket
- Nylon cord
- Wax kit (if using waxable skis)
- Gloves, hat, gaiters, and extra clothing
- Sunglasses, sunscreen, and lip balm
- Camera and film / fresh batteries
- Bring the equipment noted on the checklist (see above).
- Do not ski alone.
- Avoid avalanche areas.
- Tell someone where you plan to go and when you expect to return.
- Undertake pre-season conditioning and training.
- Warm up and stretch before the day's skiing.
- Novice skiers should undertake ski instruction, which emphasizes proper functioning of equipment and teaches proper falling techniques.
- Stay tuned to local weather forecasts and establish the snow conditions. Take them into consideration, along with your skill level, before skiing. Plan your trip according to the weakest skier's ability.
- Seek professional advice when choosing equipment to suit your cross country skiing activity, skill level and size.
- Keep equipment in good working order.
- Waxing of skis, tread pattern on non-waxing skis, snow conditions and tracks are important factors in reducing injury associated with slipping or falling.
- Wear suitable clothing, including hat and gloves, to protect against variable weather conditions. Wear pile, wool or polypropylene clothing to keep you warm, dry and comfortable. Avoid cotton/cotton blends.
- Eyewear that gives ultra-violet protection and a sunscreen with a high SPF should be worn, even on cloudy days.
- Keep an eye out for hazards such as deep tracks, ruts, iciness and sharp bends.
- Adequate rest, nutrition and energy replenishment will both enhance performance and reduce the likelihood of injury.
- Alcohol can negatively affect your skiing performance and can be a contributing factor to hypothermia.
- Skiers should always move to the right of the trail when encountering snowmobiles, sled dog teams, and other faster moving recreationalists that share multiple-use trails.