Hi, my name is Steve Nichipor. I'm a Professional Mountain Guide with Bretton Woods Ski Resort and I'm going to show you how to teach Nordic skiing skills. There's a popular saying that if you can walk, you can ski. This is especially true when learning to cross country ski where the first lesson is basically to walk around in your skis. As you learn the basic balance needed to move around on skis, rhythm, timing and more dynamic skiing techniques can be introduced. When learning to navigate hills, techniques for turning and controlling speed are essential as well. At the most basic level, a first time skier should practice walking on skis, with poles mainly providing balance. When the skier is somewhat comfortable with balancing on skis, they can begin to learn the basics of a more dynamic diagonal stride, with the arms and the legs on each side of the body are moving in opposite directions, which creates the balance, efficient stride and allows the poles to aid in propulsion. Here is a simple drill that can you help you learn timing. First, swing your arms back and forth at a stand still. After getting a rhythm, you can start to move your legs and you'll be able to get your arms and legs moving in balance, creating effective balance and glide. As you get a feel for this rhythm, you can use your pulse with more power, allowing a faster pace. Navigating hills can be intimidating for the beginner skier, but is an essential skill if you want to venture off a flat terrain and is one of the most exhilarating parts of Nordic skiing. First, start small with a straight run down small hills with a good run out. Next, you can learn to control your speed using a snow plow, using the edges of your skis to provide breaking as you descend. More pressure on your edges provides more breaking. The same snow plow use for controlling speed can be used to change direction as well. If you want to turn to the right, snow plow with your left ski and allow your right ski to run straight. If you want to turn to the left, snow plow with your right ski.