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Stride and Glide: a manual of cross-country skiing and nordic walking

This is an authoritative and easy-to-read book with up to date information on technique, training and fitness. Essential reading for anyone with an interest in cross-country skiing and rollerskiing.

Written by Paddy Field and Stuart Montgomery, two of the most knowledgable individuals in competitive and recreational cross-country skiing respectively, it's a must-have resource for anyone with an interest in the sport.

Cost - £14.95 plus £2 postage and packaging Buy

Chapters include -

  • history of skiing
  • getting started
  • technique of cross-country skiing - classic, skating, etc (4 chapters)
  • racing
  • touring
  • equipment & clothing
  • waxing
  • rollerskiing
  • nordic walking (2 chapters)
  • fitness training
  • building a training programme


Paddy Field is a former international athlete and coach, who has spent the last 30 years skiing cross-country around the world. As a Technical Delegate for FIS, he has overseen the development of ski marathon racing across the world. He has been Nordic Director of the British Ski & Snowboard Federation, and since 1993 has been editor of SKI NORDIC, the UK's most popular cross-country ski magazine.

Stuart Montgomery has a background in hillwalking and came to cross-country skiing in the late 1970s. With extensive experience of mountain touring, track skiing and racing, he has also been involved in the development of the cross-country ski holiday industry in the UK. A pioneer of the sport of Nordic Walking in the UK, he is one of its leading instructors.

We'd recommend this book to anyone interested in cross-country skiing, or as a present.