Smokies Ski Walking School

— Written By and last updated by Kerri Rayburn

We are fortunate to have mountains to see everyday, but also to condition ourselves with well maintained trails that climb our mountains, but also pathways that we have at our parks, schools, developing greenways, logging and gravel roads in the valleys of Jackson and Swain County. There is a new way to increase your exercise efforts whether you hike or walk one of these pathways and that is use to use SkiWalking poles.

Ski WalkingWhether you are beginning an exercise program, looking to drop a few pounds and improve your health, or you are a high level athlete seeking a new cross-training activity; SkiWalking offers benefits that few other activities can match! “Great cross-training, really helps upper body strength and overall fitness” – Julie Richards of Bryson City stated.

SkiWalking increase circulation, upper body strength and endurance. Get your heart pumping and increase lung capacity. SkiWalking poles provide better support for your lower joints and balance on slippery surfaces and rough terrain by increasing stability. SkiWalking burns more 20%-40% more calories than regular walking if done with proper technique.

There are two opportunities to learn SkiWalking in both Jackson and Swain counties and also economize your exercise with the “Smokies SkiWalking, Stone and Smart Eating School” in Swain County this fall. Please see demonstrations listed below.

Ski Walking Demonstration Tue Sep 6, 2016 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where:

Jackson County Extension Center, Scotts Creek Road, Sylva Learn about the benefits of Ski Walking during this 2 hour demonstration. Participants will also have the opportunity to try out hiking poles and ski walking for themselves

Swain County Center Ski Walking, Stone, & Eating Smart School Thu Sep 8, 2016 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Where: Deep Creek Pavilion, Bryson City Participants meet every Thursday from September 8 through November 10.

Please contact Rob Hawk at 488-3848 or 586-4009, “” for more information and to register.