Skinning: an Ultrarunner’s Cross-Training Dream Activity? (Plus Workouts!)

Skinning: an Ultrarunner’s Cross-Training Dream Activity? (Plus Workouts!)

Training for trail and ultra running doesn’t have to stop when the trails get covered with snow. The snow presents an opportunity for a low-impact cardio and strength-boosting cross training exercise known as skinning. Skinning is a form of skiing in which a fuzzy, synthetic skin is stretched across the bottom of a pair of skis to allow an athlete to ski uphill, remove the skins at the top of the mountain, and ski down.

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