Here are some cross-country ski-like options to consider. These are great ways to stay in cross-country ski shape when there is no snow. Nearly any vigorous physical activity would help a person to prepare for actual skiing. Hiking, paddling, running, bicycling, swimming, to name a few, but the following ways are cross-country ski specific and mimic the actual physical mechanics of cross-country skiing.

Roller Skiing

Basic information on roller skis and roller skiing.

Nordic Skating

Information about nordic skates and nordic skating.


Information about CatSkis and CatSkiing techniques for dry-land classic ski drills.

Nordic Walking

Information for using nordic walking for cross-country ski dry-land training.