The Best Gear for Cross-Country Skiing

Glide through the backcountry with these time-tested picks.
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Jackson Lake, Grand Teton

Jackson Lake, Grand Teton National Park

If cross-country skiing makes you think of kicking lazy laps across your local golf course, it's time to change your image of the sport. With thicker skis and beefier bindings, today's backcountry nordic gear is capable of handling steeper trails and rougher snow than its inbounds counterparts. Start with this tester-approved kit.