& 100 b/w photos & 6 x 9 .Thorough guide to gear and technique & Authoritative advice from leading skiers and instructors & Detailed photographs throughout In only six inches of snow, in any place, and at any age, anyone can take part in cross-country skiing, one of the fastest-growing winter sports in the nation. It combines safe, low-impact activity with a complete cardiovascular workout; there is simply no healthier total body conditioner. In this illustrated guide, Jules Older examines technique, equipment, preparations, safety, and ski touring centers--all in a conversational and entertaining style that emphasizes the importance of going at your own pace and enjoying the outdoors. Jules Older, an avid skier and winter sports enthusiast, teaches writing at the University of Vermont and has been published in national and international skiing magazines. He lives in Albany, Vermont.