Nordic skiing has long been known to be one of the most healthy and beneficial sports. It can be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels, and can be purely recreational or highly aggressive and competitive. It is low-impact, total body workout, the ultimate cardio exercise, and number one calorie burner. “You can’t beat cross-country skiing for health, fitness and enjoyment,” Olympic gold medalist (2006 Winter Games) Chandra Crawford said. “It’s very social.” The cross-skiing hits every trouble spot. If you want to improve the way you look, head-to-toe, this sport will do it!
A Canadian Legend
While documented evidence is lacking, cross country skiing was likely introduced to both eastern and western Canada by Scandinavian immigrants in the mid-nineteenth century.
Herman “Jackrabbit” Smith Johannsen remains one of Canada’s best known skiing personalities, “Jackrabbit” is said to be the name given to him by the Cree of northern Ontario impressed with his ability to make his way speedily through dense woods and deep snow. Born in Norway in 1875, his passion for skiing was undiminished until the day he died at the age of 111 years. Besides influencing countless skiers by his vitality and boundless enthusiasm, his contribution to the development of cross country skiing and tourism, particularly in the Laurentian region of Quebec and the eastern United States, was incalculable.
We encourage you to be part of this legendary sport. Come on out and make history! See you on the trails!
Where to rent skis in the Elk Valley
Three locations in the Fernie area rent crosscountry skis:
Quest shop at the Fernie Alpine Resort
Gear Hub on 4th Street in Fernie
Ski Base on 2nd Avenue in Fernie
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