only the coolest sport ever. most downhillers sit on their fat asses on a chairlift and then use their weight to propel themselves down. they try to keep in shape for a sport that a)doesn't keep you in shape and b)really doesn't require you to be in shape. nordic skiers get a lot of shit for having spandex ski suits but they are kick ass and everyone knows it. they have to go UP the hills as well as down and they have to ski the flats. as compared to downhill skiers who get upset if they have a gradual downhill. nordic skiers have to stay in shape and be in shape or they'll have hell to pay in races. they have to haul their asses up and down terrain for 3-10 miles, as opposed to downhills skiers having thier asses pushed down a 2 mile (max) course. nordic skiers have to be balanced on their skinny as hell skis, while downhill skiers have fat skis to support their weight. put any nordic racer in a running/biking/kayaking/any sport requiring fitness competition and they'll whup a downhiller's ass. nordic skiers are comparable to xc runners and distance track kids, mostly because those are their alter egoes. anyone who says nordic's for wussies is obviously an idiot who couldn't perform physical activities to save their life and they should go fuck themselves because they have no idea what it's like to train for nordic skiing and to be a nordic skier.
Downhill skier: hey, i just got back from a race where i just sat back and allowed my weight to push me down the hill!
Nordic skier: i just got back from nordic skiing practice! we skiied 15 miles and then did hill intervals up our 1/2 mile hill!