Basic Illustrated Cross-Country Skiing

by J. Scott Mcgee, Luca Diana

Series: Basic Illustrated Series

Richly photographed and information-packed tools for the novice or handy reference for the veteran, BASIC ILLUSTRATED books distill years of knowledge into affordable and visual guides. Whether you're planning a trip of thumbing for facts in the field, the BASIC ILLUSTRATED series shows you what you need to know.

  • Falcon Guides; October 2012
  • ISBN: 9780762790487
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  • Title: Basic Illustrated Cross-Country Skiing
  • Series: Basic Illustrated Series
  • Author: J. Scott Mcgee; Luca Diana (photog.)
  • Imprint: Falcon Guides

In The Press

There is not an author who understands cross-country skiing better. Scott’s experience teaching beginners, writing instructional manuals, guiding in the high country, and coaching seasoned racers allows him to share what would take most skiers more than a lifetime to learn on their own. I wish I had this when I started. ~Craig Panarisi, Director, Stratton Snowsport School and former coach of the PSIA Nordic Team

About The Author

Scotty McGee is the current PSIA Nordic Team Coach and Senior Manager for Nordic, Guides and Training at Jackson Hole Mountain Sports School. He's been deeply involved in skiing and outdoor education since his college days, when he first instructed cross-country skiing and supervised the telemark programs for the legendary Dartmouth Outing Club. He's taught skiing and guided in the Wasatch and Teton ranges for resorts, colleges, private outfitters, and his own business.


Scott is among the most widely certified members of the PSIA Nordic Team with certifications in ski teaching, avalanche, and guiding. He is Certified Level III in Nordic Track, Nordic Downhill, and Backcountry. Scott has been a regular contributor to The Professional Skier, and for SkiTrax, for whom he’s written a regular Tele Technique column featuring photomontages for the last five years. He’s also been widely published in other ski instruction publications.


Scott isn't just an academic:  He thrives on competition, too, and has numerous top finishes in local tele competitions and a top 15 finish in an FIS Telemark World Cup GS.

A past president and racer for the US Telemark Ski Association, Scott has enjoyed applying the skills bestowed on him by racing to all-mountain skiing and backcountry.


Scott’s latest passion is backcountry skate skiing, and to date he has posted over 18 trans-Teton tours on light gear, and other distance tours in other ranges. Demonstrating he is an all-season mountaineer, Scott has been guiding for Exum Mountain Guides, and relishes in his summer training regimen of leading climbs and peak ascents in the Tetons.