Fischer’s collection has everything from Skate skis to Classic skis to roller skis for summer training for every level of athlete. And we’re happy to provide some tips for choosing the right ski.
Skate or Classic?
Cross-country skiing relies solely on your own muscle power for forward movement, so it’s an ideal combination of strength and conditioning training. You can work out as hard or easy as you like, even on mostly flat terrain.
This is the traditional technique, somewhat similar to an accelerated walking stride. It almost always takes place on prepared ski trails, or tracks. Classic skis move smoothly and efficiently through snow because of these characteristics:
- They are very narrow and typically straight.
- They are very light.
- They are raised in the middle for lower resistance.
- They have specific front and rear glide zones, with a high traction push-off zone in the middle.
- Their flexibility lets them adapt to the terrain.
New skiers typically start with Classic skis due to its relatively easier movements. Fischer Twin Skin Pro is an example of a ski optimized for beginners to learn good technique. Our Sprint Crown is designed for young skiers who are just starting out and want to develop good skiing habits.
This faster, more athletic technique involves a sideways, rearward push-off phase to generate forward movement. It is, in fact, a similar motion to ice skating or inline-skating. It is more physically demanding, incorporating greater movement and higher cardiovascular demands. Skate skis do not have the traction, or climbing, zone in the middle that Classic skis have, so they are more demanding on uphills.
Fischer SC Skate is a beginner-friendly ski if this technique appeals to you. For slightly more advances skate skiers, the RCR Skate Stiff is good recommendation. For skilled or even competitive skiers, the Carbonlite Skate H-Plus Stiff is a World Cup level ski.
Choosing skis for beginners
The more familiar and less energy-intensive motion of Classic skiing is a safe bet for absolute beginners. In addition to the models mentioned above, the Superlite Crown EF is one of our Efficient Forward models, featuring a design that offers a more forgiving and effective push-off.
Lightweight skis are a real benefit to beginning skate skiers. In addition to the models above, the SC Combi has an excellent balance of lightness and durability.
What to look for when buying cross country skis
The length of your skis is very important. Shorter skis offer better handling and control, while longer skis are faster and are generally more for experienced skiers. Use the Fischer Product Finder to help you find the correct length ski for you.
Keep in mind that Skate skis are more dynamic, and require more technique at any length, than Classic skis. In general, if you find yourself choosing between two possible lengths, choose the shorter ski if you are not completely confident in your technique.
Classic skis rely either on a textured base, typically in a step or “fish scale” design, for traction in the push-off phase; or they rely on removable “skins”, which are dense, rough fibers positioned to grip the surface yet still glide easily. Fischer offers different versions of a scale base as well as a unique skin option.
The Twin Skin Pro is one ski that offers this option. The offset, variable depth design of the two parallel Twin Skin mohair strips is designed for consistent, efficient grip on extremely hard snow and glazed tracks. Twin Skin technology features mohair, which resists icing for consistent glide.
Cross country skis for backcountry have steel edges. This allow safe. Smooth turns when descending a hard downhill. They also help cut through the ungroomed, or icy snow that backcountry skiers encounter. Our E89 Easy Skin Xtralite, for example, has full-length steel edges.
Here’s a checklist of the set-up you’ll need to fully enjoying your skiing:
- Cross-country ski binding set for your boot and personal specs
- Correctly sized poles
- Gloves and apparel designed for the needs and demands of cross-country
- A light waist or backpack for hydration and energy bars
Cross country skis require more maintenance than Alpine skis for smooth, enjoyable performance. As a guideline, if you ski classic style in good snow conditions every day, you should wax your skis every two or three days. In more abrasive conditions, more frequent waxing will be required.
Note there are different types of wax for different parts of the ski or different terrain- climbing wax, for example.
For stepped or scale skis- Crown Skis in the Fischer collection- just an occasional cleaning as needed with Easy Clean & Glide will suffice.
Skin skis will likewise benefit from being cleaned with Easy Anti Ice Skin.
Skiing without snow
Dedicated cross-country skiers can stay in form year round, no matter where they live. Roller skis simulate the feel, ride, and demands of actual cross-country. Skate and Classic models are available, with specialized poles to match. Now it’s easy to be in better shape and better condition when the winter season starts.
Skis for kids
Not until they are three to four years old do children typically have the necessary motor skills and coordination to learn to ski. Of course, it’s up to the parents to decide when and how to teach their children to ski, and what kind of investment in gear they find appropriate.
We offer authentic performance skis for juniors, such the Speedmax Classic Jr, which are light enough for easy use, with a full range of top technology for young skiers to really enjoy skiing and racing.
Be confident with Fischer
At Fischer our mission is to inspire cross-country skiers to fall in love with their sport and go beyond their current personal limits.
We enable skiers to enjoy their sport and excel to the next level by introducing the most innovative, reliable and easy to use products.
Enjoy your cross-country skiing, or training, to the maximum with Fischer.