XC Ski Nation is a continually growing and evolving resource. This won’t be an exact representation of what you’ll see if you join today, but it will give you a good idea of what it’s like to be a member, so you can decide whether this is the right resource for you.
The Dashboard is the central hub of the site, where you can access all the tools and resources available to members.
There are portals to the Technique Analysis section, where you'll find information about submitting video for technique feedback, the Course Library, where you'll find in-depth courses that cover the theory and practice of nordic skiing, and the Community Forum.
The Technique Analysis Video Archives are found at the bottom of the page. We also have complete libraries of skate and classic ski techniques, demonstrated by Canadian World Cup skiers.
The course library is an ever expanding resource where you’ll find in-depth courses, as well as resources like exercises, drills and workout plans. You can find example videos on the Sample Page, along with an updated list of courses.
Ultimately there will be content for skiers at all levels. We won’t have any full on training plans, at least for now, but we can add a training plan option in the future, if there’s enough interest.
Look inside a course
The majority of content is video-based and mixes educational information with practical ideas to put into action.
Most lesson videos are only available by live streaming, so you don’t have to worry about managing large files. Where appropriate, we also provide short downloadable videos for easy reference when you’re out of Internet range.
All the courses are linked to the community forum where you can ask questions or join the discussion.
XC Ski Nation is not the sort of resource where you’re just left on your own to watch online videos. You can ask questions and interact with other members inside the Community Forum.
The Community Forum is actually a mini-blog combined with a discussion board. It’s great to have long, in-depth courses, but it’s also nice to get quick tips that are easy to digest and put into action and that’s where the Learning Lab comes into play.
Learning Lab - example post
This is an example post. The embedded video is a short, trail-side interview with the recently retired Canadian National team member and Olympian, Ivan Babikov.
Ivan is famous for his ability to climb hills on skate skis. Here Ivan explains his hill climbing tactics and how he makes strategic adjustments to his technique as he gets further into the hill.
Athlete insights like this are just one type of post you’ll find, but no matter what the topic, we always try to make things practical and easy to put into action.
More about the Forum
I imagine you’ve been in this situation before, where you have a question and you need some help. Your question might be quite small, but it can really hold up your progress. It’s nice in situations like that to get answers quickly and that’s one of the other things the forum can do for you.
We’ll be available in the forum regularly to interact with members and answer your questions as they arise. Chris and Kai aren't as accessible as Kim, because of their other commitments, but they’ll share their insights and knowledge as well.
And, of course, the forum is also a place for you to connect with other nordic skiers from all around the world. Skiing is great - but it’s even better when you can share ideas with other people who love the sport as much as you do.
The Communal Technique Analysis service works like this: members submit videos of themselves skiing. We use a tablet and app to review the video and provide feedback and suggestions. Analyzed videos are stored in an archive for all members to learn from.
We don't guarantee we'll get to every video submitted, but we do our best.
The XC Ski Nation Demo videos are collections of simple, clear videos of expert skiers demonstrating each nordic ski technique.
This is an example of where we provide videos in both streaming format and as lightweight, downloadable files. These are great, easy to use reference videos for when you’re out on the trail and have something about technique you want to check.
How will this help improve your skiing?
As you can see, XC Ski Nation has a great design and lots of high quality resources and this is just the beginning. The site will only get better with time. But how will this actually help improve your skiing?
Improvement in efficiency comes when you experiment and push yourself at your boundaries. By joining XC Ski Nation you’ll get access to expert knowledge and support, but you’ll also get something a little more intangible. You’ll get ongoing inspiration and motivation to try new things and experiment with new ideas. Not only will that accelerate your learning, it also makes the process a lot more fun.
Reasons Not to Join
The 2016-2017 season is our first year. If you join this year, you’ll be a founding member. The site will not be as complete and extensive as it will be in the future. You should expect some growing pains as we get the site up and running and find the best ways to serve your needs.
Reasons to Join
Having said that, there is one big benefit to joining early and that is you can lock in an annual subscription at the lowest prices we will ever offer. The price of membership will rise in the future, but so long as you don't cancel your subscription, your cost will never increase. Note this is only true for annual subscriptions. Shorter, non-renewing options don’t have legacy pricing.
If you’ve read this far, you must be pretty keen on nordic skiing, so we really hope to meet you inside XC Ski Nation. The next thing you should do, after you watch the sample lessons, is go the pricing page, check out the FAQs there, and then hopefully sign up!