Smokies Ski Walking School

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We are fortunate to have mountains to look at everyday, that provide us the opportunity to condition ourselves with their well maintained trails that climb through the mountains. We also have access to pathways in our parks, schools, developing greenways, as well as logging and gravel roads in the valleys of Jackson and Swain Counties. There is a new way to increase your exercise efforts whether you hike or walk one of these pathways and that is the use of ski walking poles.

Whether 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; ski walking offers benefits that few other activities can match!


“Great cross-training, really helps upper body strength and overall fitness” – Julie Richards of Bryson City

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

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

Ski Walking Demonstration

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

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

Thursday, September 8, 2016
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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.