Every kid enjoys sliding on snow whether it’s on a sled, on skis or on their backsides, which is why cross-country skiing is such an excellent way for kids to experience the full benefits of Mother Nature in winter. Whether you choose skating or classic cross-country, the sport is an activity the whole family can enjoy together or on their own. In many places, access to the cross-country tracks are free but even if you need to buy a pass, the cost is generally much less than the price of a downhill skiing lift ticket. And of course, it’s also a great full-body workout and because it is low-impact it is also one of the best cardio-vascular workouts you can get. So when it’s time to gear up with great skis, boots and bindings and don’t forget that a lightweight, durable and responsive set of poles will go just as far in providing the stability and comfort needed for a great day out.