Before we can do a few laps of the trail, we need to learn how to brake. This feels quite strange, almost like a plough without any defined edges, however, the experienced skiers among us get the hang of it well enough using our tried-and-trusted snowplough moves. We have earned some refreshments after all this hard work and having completed our first lap of the proper trail. We enjoy the views as we sit in the sunshine on the terrace and watch the other cross-country skiers. Daniela explains, ‘You can tell straight away from their technique who has attended a course and who has not.’ Even as beginners we can see this for ourselves. The course was definitely worthwhile from our point of view and the cross-country ski trails in Kleinwalsertal have certainly now benefitted from having a few more cross-country skiers who are conversant in the classic method. However, I am naturally still loyal to alpine skiing.
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