Video: Obstacle Racing On Cross-Country Skis

Obstacles, jumps, skiing backwards through a gate — this wild bit of cross-country skiing is like nothing I’ve seen before.

A Norwegian friend explained that “cross-country cross” is a niche sport that doesn’t get much press but is popular among competitors and has its own national championships in age groups similar to biathlon and regular XC.

Why no major media coverage? It seems made-for-TV with lots of opportunity for crashes and a short, spectator friendly course. —Sean McCoy

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Managing Editor Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in Denver, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.