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One of the oldest and most tired adages in American cross-country skiing is "If you can walk, you can cross-country ski." Walking and skiing are similar, but "If you can walk, you can learn to cross-country ski" is much closer to the truth. The very similarity between the two movements makes it a challenge to discover the differences. A trained instructor will help you understand those differences and make it easier to have fun on skis.
A good ski teacher knows not only what you need to do to have fun on skis, but can also help with the how. They can also help you learn to use your ski equipment in the way it was designed so that you can glide, grip and turn easier.
How to choose the right instructor/coach
The Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) educates, trains and certifies ski instructors. Many skiers recognize the value of taking lessons from PSIA certified instructors, but the bottom line is that you will benefit from taking lessons from any professional instructor--regardless of who trained them, or how they are labeled or marketed.
If you are looking for a good coach, ask others about their experiences with different coaches and with different schools. Make sure you talk to …