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Published December 19, 2010, 12:00 AM

Getting going

Christmas came early this year for cross-country skiers, as the light, powdery snow and relatively mild temps have made for ideal conditions. So how can you get started?

Christmas came early this year for cross-country skiers, as the light, powdery snow and relatively mild temps have made for ideal conditions.

So how can you get started?

Kelly Sassi of Prairie Edge Nordic Skiers suggests renting skis at Edgewood Chalet for $10, taking some instructions and giving it a shot.

If you like it after that, local sporting goods stores carry the gear.

Beginners can get going for $229 for a wax-less ski package (skis, boots, bindings, polls) at Scheels, says salesman Greg Hinsverk.

“This year, it’s just phenomenal,” says Hinsverk of the cross-country skiing interest at the store, 1551 45th St. S., Fargo.

“We’re seeing more people participating as a cross-training exercise, a way of staying active in the winter,” says Craig Benson of Paramount Sports at 2551 45th St. S., Fargo. “It’s a real approachable sport for everybody. It’s easy to get into, easy to stay active in.”

Benson says his store’s typical packages start around $300 but adds he sells more higher-end merchandise.

“Get out and enjoy winter,” Benson says. “That’s why we live here. Get out and embrace it. Love it.”

– John Lamb

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