Here and there I have now heard nordic skiing (or cross-country skiing or langlauf or hiihto) is the coolest winter sport. Even many of the cooler than cool free skier stars are doing it!
And in general as an endurance sport, nordic skiing is even cooler than trailrunning and triathlon, which kinda try too much to be cool and popular (sorry, I guess I just aren’t old enough). And which can be done and for which one can train almost anywhere on the planet, almost any time of the year.
Different is nordic skiing, which requires cold, snow, prepared tracks (especially the skating version) and good profiles for those tracks. Not too flat, not too steep hilly and definitely not too urban. And luckily this poor winter again, from time to time, one has been able to find all this in Engelberg too, making it kind of ok place to live and visit (just less than 2h from Zürich, wink wink) for nordic skier as well.
And of course, in good and bad, nordic skiing requires skills and endurance. Although that is best learned and gained by doing it. So hop of to the tracks, if you have any close by. (But take a technique course first, if you aren’t born nordic with compulsory nordic skiing classes at school.)
The cool Maloja clothing and Kästle skis (btw, did you know Kästle is making Nordic skis again, and they look pretty nice, which is not default in nordic ski design, unfortunately) are obligatory, as well as company. Gang shreds suit nordic skiing too, but for me this works best as active meditation and time in nature with me, myself and I.
Eh and after nordic skiing, sauna is almost compulsory. So don’t forget it before the traditional aprés beers and well deserved raclette. Your muscles will thank you.
(Psst. From Engelberg I have found a decent enough Finnish sauna with reasonable price in Titlis Resort and for a bit more extra sauna and spa you may find in Eienwäldli, a bit out of the town by the talloipe in these pics).
Where: Talloipe, Engelberg Switzerland (current conditions & langlaufinfo here)