Whether it is your first time on the snow, if you are just moonlighting from Alpine Skiing or this is your passion and your thing, we have a program to suit you. Cross country skiing can be as easy or as hard as you want, it can be as leisurely as a stroll along the lake.

If you are one of those people who love to be pushed, then you are in the right place and you should definitely be in one of our programs. Let us teach you how to go fast and bring in the speed elements of alpine skiing while bringing up a sweat and raising that heart rate.

Early season we have a wide selection of introductory skate and classic programs to get you started. Then as the season progresses we have more programs and drop-in sessions for everyone.

An annual favourite is our Ladies Tuesday program which runs for 5 weeks and is a great social environment for beginners and intermediate skiers to progress their classic or skate skiing and get comfortable around the Snow Farm trails.

The Two Disciplines of Cross Country Skiing

Until the 1970s, there was only classic skiing. Where you skis stay in a parallel position and your forward momentum is provided by a grippy surface under your foot that when you put all your weigh on one ski (and a little kick), the camber of the ski compresses and it comes into contact with the snows, allows you to kick forward. When you stand on both skis evenly or balance on one without any kicking action, then kicking surface touch the snow and you can glide forwards.

Slating was invented in the late 1970s by an American Bill Koch, and a Swedish person Gunde Svan – the jury is out as to who started skating first. Skating has rapidly become very popular and is faster than classic skiing. If you ever watch a Cross Country ski race, these are often classed as either Classic or Freestyle, freestyle meaning you can do either, but the preference for competitors is to skate as it is much faster.

Classic cross country Skiing

Often referred to as the origin of all skiing, classic skiing bear some similarities to backcountry skiing, in that it uses a striding motion, but that’s where the similarities end.

Using a stepping or kicking motion, you gain forward momentum by pressing the ski into the snow, connecting the gripping surface on the ski under your foot with the snow to allow you to push forward, then you glide and repeat with the other leg.

Classic skiing can be gentle, like an easy walk around the lake, or an athletic run, depending on what you want to achieve.


Skating is Classic Skiing’s sexy alternative. Skating uses a motion similar to ice skating, but with poles. The boots have ankle support and stiffer sole than classic skiing and the skis tend to be shorter, and the poles longer.  Skating is faster than classic skiing and the skis are more maneuverable.

If you have alpine skied before, we recommend skating as your alpine skills on the downhills will be more easily transferred to skating, and you might get some of the same thrills of alpine when heading downhill. You can also ski a lot further in a shorter space of time.

Snow Farm has a fleet of brand new skate equipment this winter for you to have the latest gear to try skating