2 tips before you start cross country skiing
Cross country skiing is a winter sport that both has a low barrier to entry and a high skill ceiling, this means once you get started you are in control in how much effort to put in it.
Here are 2 tips to get you started cross country skiing
Start in the summer
Cross country skiing is a physical exercise, this means that your body should be ready for the effort.
If you have been stuck at home like most of us during the pandemic, it might be wise to start early with preparing your body for the oncoming activity. This serves two purposes
1. to prevent injuries especially in the knees as they are highly engaged while skiing. During summer you can start by biking as it is a useful exercise to build knee strength early,
you can also work on your balance if you feel that is a weakness for you, this video will give you some pointers and exercises Exercises
2. The more prepared you are for cross country skiing, the more you get to enjoy the experience.
If you plan to travel to Nuuk to go skiing, you will undoubtedly have a better journey if you can just start your skiing journey right away, rather than struggling for the first half.
It is important to have the right clothing, Nuuk is the northernmost capital in the world, this is reflected in the temperatures as it gets between -5 to -15 degrees in the winter.
This means that it is important to put on multiple layers of clothing, but remember to find clothes that aid you in staying mobile, this list will help you finding the optimal setup for you Equipment Guide
Being comfortable also means pairing boots and skis for your style, this video will help you in choosing the right size, material and style Style
If all these choices seem overwhelming there is plenty of expertise and guidance to be found in Nuuk, don´t worry you will find the perfect set for your needs.
Qualify for Du Mont-Blanc in Greenland
You need 10 points from a maximum of 2 races to qualify for Du Mont-Blanc, you have the possibility of receiving 2 of those points from Ultra Trail Nuuk in Greenland.
This race spans more than 72 kilometers (44.7 miles), and is available for both men and women from the age of 18 and up.
Registration starts on the 1st of January and ends on the 20th of July. while Ultra Trail Nuuk is cancelled this year, it is most certainly a challenge to have in mind, for when events and travels open up again.
The race starts and ends in the capital of Greenland, where you will be running through the arctic wilderness.
Remember to sign up early as there is limited capacity. The race starts in the beginning of august
Interested in a shorter trail run?
KangNu Race is an event for runners and walkers,
you get the choice between 20-35 kilometers (12.4 to 21.4 miles), and you set your own pace.
The race starts from Nuuk Fjord and ends in the city, a boat will sail you to your start location, and expect to spend between 5 and 10 hours on the trails.
This event takes place at the end of August, so if you are interested in both events, it is a great opportunity for you to stay in Greenland for the month, as you can start and end your stay with an experience of a lifetime.
Cross-country skiing in Greenland
Have you ever tried cross-country skiing?
Greenland has a very active culture and community around winter sports with skiing being one of them. In Nuuk, you have the opportunity for a wide spectrum of possibilities like heliskiing in the mountains or cruising down our cross-country trails. The choice is yours.
The unique environment, enormous space and stunning fjord views are perfect for cross-country skiing, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned veteran.
If you are interested in this loving community, you can check out the local cross-country skiing club NSP
How much snow falls in Greenland
Greenland is known for being a snowy country, but how much snow do we actually get?
The record amount of snow in a season was in 97-98 where over 4.3 meters or 14 feet of snow was recorded in Nuuk!
Looking for inspiration for what to do in all that snow? Nuuk is the city in Greenland with the most experiences to offer in all seasons.