Cross Country Skiing - YMCA Howmans Gap
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Cross Country Skiing

Cross Country

There’s many different types of cross country skiing available and it can be confusing knowing where to start. Below are the types available and we promise there’s something for all ages and abilities.

Falls Creek Cross Country provide a range of hire equipment available for your cross country needs! Visit our our experience page for more information.

Ski Trail Touring

Is like walking on snow, but you get to slide down the hills and glide along the flats!

The boots are much lighter than downhill – more like a running shoe and are a really comfortable fit.

The skis have a pattern on the base so you can easily walk up hills.

Tracks are groomed regularly, and are wide. Falls Creek has 45km of track that is groomed depending on weather conditions.

Also called “Classic” technique or diagonal striding.


Similar to ice-skating, but using fast narrow skis, and really light boots.

It’s a quick way to see a lot of country when the trails are groomed.  Most people can learn to skate in a few lessons.

A very popular way to Cross Country ski.

Recreational Racing

A great way to motivate yourself to go fast and train.   Cross Country ski races are very casual, social events, and skiers usually head out for an afternoon ski in casual groups.

Races are for all ages and abilities and range from 2 to 40 km long, but are typically 5-12 km.

The famous Hoppet race takes place at Falls Creek each year, for more information check out their website. 

Falls Creek has five weekends with all age citizen races, and a further four for juniors.

Backcountry Touring

Similar to Track Skiing this is done on untouched snow where there are no compacted tracks, and generally with a more robust boot and wider skis or on Snow shoes, which are a lightweight plate that goes under a walking shoe, and prevent you sinking into fresh snow.

Generally this involves following snow poles and in good weather diverging to find hidden gullies and lookouts.

Get out and really explore these places where there is literally no one around and no (ski) tracks on the snow.

Off Piste

Just like backcountry touring, off piste’s skis are designed to turn easily. Find yourself on Heathy Spur or out toward Pretty Valley and carve some turns where no-one has been. Then climb back up the hill and do it again!


Like Backcountry Touring but heavier boots and the skis don’t go up hill!

Telemarking is an exhilarating, stylistic and “back to beginning” turn – telemarks turns were the first turns done on skis, preceding parallel and stem turns.