Cross-country skiing is one of the best workouts on the planet, and with snow on the ground--for now at least--in Southeast Michigan, it's time to get out and play. Humans, after all, were never meant to hibernate.
Get your glide on and ski your way to better health in 2013 by learning how to cross-country ski at Kensington Metropark. Lessons are offered on four Sundays, Jan. 20 and 27, and Feb. 3 and 10, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day.
“It looks simple, but there are techniques that can improve your stride and make your cross-country ski experience less work and more enjoyable,” says Mark Irish, cross-country ski instructor. “Cross-country skiing can be a lifetime sport, and it is a great way to stay in shape and tour the parks at the same time.”
Irish will be teaching the classic-stride skiing, with emphasis on how to best use your arms and legs, as well proper skiing position. Classes are limited to 20 persons, and preregistration is required.
The one-hour lessons cost $14, which includes renting ski equipment for four hours, or just $4 if you bring your own ski equipment. Skiers should dress in layers for outdoor exercise, and meet at the Ski Center, which is located on the golf course. Lessons will be held, snow conditions permitting.
After your lesson, you can explore the park's cross-country trails on the west side of Kent Lake. For more information, or to register, call Kensington Metropark at 810-227-8910.
A vehicle entry permit is required to enter any Metropark and is only $25 annually for regular admission, $15 annually for seniors or $5 daily. General information can be found at www.metroparks.com or by calling 1-800-47-PARKS.