Fast Trax's collection of skis has everything from Skate skis to Classic skis to roller skis for summer training for every level of athlete. And we’re happy to provide some tips for choosing the right ski.
Skate or Classic - "that is the question"
Cross-country skiing relies solely on your own muscle power for forward movement, so it’s an ideal combination of strength and conditioning training. You can work out as hard or easy as you like, even on mostly flat terrain.
This is the traditional technique, somewhat similar to an accelerated walking stride. It almost always takes place on prepared ski trails, or tracks. Classic skis move smoothly and efficiently through snow because of these characteristics:
New skiers typically start with Classic skis due to its relatively easier movements. Fitness Skin skis are an example of a ski optimized for beginners to learn good technique. Our Junior Crown skis are designed for young skiers who are just starting out and want to develop good skiing habits.
This faster, more athletic technique involves a sideways, rearward push-off phase to generate forward movement. It is, in fact, a similar motion to ice skating or inline-skating. It is more physically demanding, incorporating greater movement and higher cardiovascular demands. Skate skis do not have the traction, or climbing, zone in the middle that Classic skis have, so they are more demanding on uphills.
Fitness Skate skis are beginner-friendly skis if this technique appeals to you. For slightly more advances skate skiers, the Sport Skate skis are a good recommendation. For skilled or even competitive skiers, the Perforamnce level skate skis are the best match.
Choosing skis for beginners
The more familiar and less energy-intensive motion of Classic skiing is a safe bet for absolute beginners. In addition to the models mentioned above, the Exercise skis are our most efficient skis, featuring a design that offers a more forgiving and effective push-off. Within the Exercise category of skis Fast Trax offers a new entry into the boot market, Urban Boots. Fischer’s exciting new Urban line is for passionate Nordic skiers who want a ski boot that also has comfortable off-ski walkability. Subdued, contemporary styling makes this a boot in which they can feel relaxed and confident before and after skiing. The Urban line challenges the way traditional cross country ski boots look without compromising the performance required on the snow.
What to look for when buying cross country skis
The length of your skis is very important. Shorter skis offer better handling and control, while longer skis are faster and are generally more for experienced skiers. We use the Fast Trax sizing chart to help you find the correct length ski for you.
Keep in mind that Skate skis are more dynamic, and require more technique at any length, than Classic skis. In general, if you find yourself choosing between two possible lengths, choose the shorter ski if you are not completely confident in your technique.
Classic skis rely either on a textured base, typically in a step or “fish scale” design, for traction in the push-off phase; or they rely on removable “skins”, which are dense, rough fibers positioned to grip the surface yet still glide easily. Fast Trax offers different versions of a scale base as well as unique skin options for every level of skier.
The Skin Skis offer a user friendly option for all levels of skiers. The offset, variable depth design of the Skin strips are designed for consistent, efficient grip on extremely hard snow and glazed tracks. Skin technology features mohair, which resists icing for consistent glide. Also with the advent of quality liquid glide waxes at all levels of performance classic skiing has never been easier.
Cross country skis require consistant maintenance for smooth, enjoyable performance. As a guideline, if you ski in good snow conditions every day, you should wax your skis every two or three days. In more abrasive conditions, more frequent waxing will be required.
There are different types of wax for different parts of the ski, Grip wax, Skin wax, Crown wax, Cleaners and Glide wax;
Grip Wax - classic skis only
Skin Wax - classic skis only
Crown Ski Wax - classic skis only
Glide Wax - classic & skate skis
Skiing without snow
Dedicated cross-country skiers can stay in form year round, no matter where they live. Roller skis simulate the feel, ride, and demands of actual cross-country. Skate and Classic models are available, with specialized poles to match. Now it’s easy to be in better shape and better condition when the winter season starts.
Skis for kids
Not until they are three to four years old do children typically have the necessary motor skills and coordination to learn to ski. Of course, it’s up to the parents to decide when and how to teach their children to ski, and what kind of investment in gear they find appropriate.
We offer authentic performance skis for juniors, which are light enough for easy use, with a full range of top technology for young skiers to really enjoy skiing and racing.
Be confident with Fast Trax
At Fast Trax our mission is to inspire cross-country skiers to fall in love with their sport and go beyond their current personal limits. We enable skiers to enjoy their sport and excel to the next level by introducing the most innovative, reliable and easy to use products.
Enjoy your cross-country skiing, or training, to the maximum with the help of Fast Trax.