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Cross Country Skiing Explodes in a Winter of Social Distancing


Cross country skiing at Great Glen Trails at The Glen House, New Hampshire. Credit Great Glen Trails.

By Everett Potter

The sport of cross country skiing is booming this winter when getting outdoors, exercising and social distancing has never seemed so desirable. What are the best resorts, the best places to learn the sport, the insider tips for beginners? I turned to one of the industry’s leaders, Jonathan Wiesel, a veteran of the industry and the co-founder of Nordic Group International. He’s a man steeped in the sport as a ski instructor, ski school director, backcountry guide, professional trips planner, international trips leader, ski area owner, and journalist, with a long view of what makes cross country skiing so special.

Everett Potter: Given the ongoing pandemic, is it fair to state that during the winter of 2021, we will see a lot of growth in the sport of cross country skiing?

Jonathan Wiesel: The best guess in the Nordic industry is that we’re going to see enormous growth of interest in cross country skiing …


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