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Nordic vs. Alpine Skiing: What’s The Difference?

Amelia Bush
This infographic illustrates the differences between Nordic and Alpine skiing.

Nordic or Alpine? These two branches of skiing are both highly popular winter activities, but it brings up the age-old question. Which is better?

Nordic skiing, also known as cross-country skiing, is performed on less steep or inclined trails. On the contrary, Alpine skiing gives a more thrilling downhill experience. Alex Cracraft ‘27 stated that he preferred Nordic over Alpine because, “I feel like the practices are more fun. I’ve always really liked Nordic because I feel like it’s more relaxing.” On the other hand, Alpine skier Kevin Bizily ‘24 said that he enjoys the “speed going downhill” and that he’s always found it fun to have a “fast ride downhill.”

However, these two sports are different in other ways as well. First of all, their equipment looks very different. Sam Spaeth ‘27, a Nordic skier stated that, “The ski boots in Nordic skiing are much more flexible. They’re sort of like shoes.”

Bizily stated that the Alpine boots were, “a lot heavier with a lot more padding inside the boot.” He added that it had buckles that adjust to get “a very snug fit”. He continued by saying that it was important to get the boot to fit as closely to your foot as possible to get the most control over the ski.

Additionally, Alpine is centered more around traits like agility and speed while Nordic is focused around endurance. Generally, Alpine skiers have an impressive amount of speed control and ability to turn, while Nordic skiing requires you to consistently move at a sustained pace, sometimes uphill.

The choice between Nordic and Alpine ultimately can be decided by personal preferences, your desired experience on the slope and physical abilities. Whether you’re seeking a fast downhill experience or a peaceful experience on snowy terrain, skiing is a must-try activity for all this winter.

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Evie Chow, Staff Writer
Hi! My name is Evie and I’m a freshman this year. My favorite part about Spectrum is the community of people I’ve gotten to meet. When I’m not writing, you can find me traveling, playing soccer or violin!
Amelia Bush, Editor-in-Chief
Hi everyone! My name is Amelia and I am a senior and the Editor-in-Chief. This year I am editing the food and sports pages. My favorite part of Spectrum is the people, I love the fun supportive energy that it brings. I joined Spectrum freshman year as a writer and became an editor in my sophomore year.

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