NordicTrack Pro Skier

NordicTrack Pro Skier Labeled Parts Diagram

In an industry where fitness fads come and go, the iconic NordicTrack Pro Cross-Country Ski Machine has endured as a durable and effective favorite for over 40 years! Have you ever wondered about the secret to its lasting popularity and passionate cult following?





The NordicTrack Pro Skier is the only NordicTrack ski machine model that is still in production today, but was once the flagship model of a large line of at-home cross-country ski exercise machines.

Patented in 1977, the iconic NordicTrack ski machine exerciser has been an enduring favorite for over 40 years. The machine was designed to help to simulate the motions of cross-country skiing to allow effective indoor cross country skiing practice for athletes.

Cross Country Ski Exerciser Patent Drawings NordicTrack

Cross Country Ski Exerciser Patent Drawings

The smooth, natural motion of a NordicTrack ski machine offers a gentle, non-impact exercise without discomfort. Adjustable resistance and elevation let you change the intensity of your workouts to your own goals and specifications. An attached feedback monitor tracks time, distance, calories, and pulse. Accessory upgrades add touches of comfort to workouts with smart items like drink holders and fans. The sturdy construction of the steel and oak frame led Bloomberg Magazine to comment, “once you have a NordicTrack, you never need another one.”




Cross-country skiing is an all-over, full-body aerobic exercise that engages all major muscle groups in the core, upper body, and lower body. The upright, weight-bearing position burns hundreds of calories per hour while simultaneously working both the “pulling” and “pushing” muscles of each region. The gliding motion avoids major shock to the feet, knees, & hips, making it easy on the body. Finally, the natural motion is easy to learn – it’s similar to swinging your arms (or swinging walking sticks) when walking.




The non-motorized NordicTrack Pro is quieter than most electronic equipment and can be used anywhere with no need for access to an electric outlet. The wheeled, folding design can easily be moved and stored out of the way. An electronic monitor keeps track of time, distance, calories burned, and heart rate. Adjustable resistance and elevation settings customize the workout to your individual intensity preferences. The low-impact exercise (feet stay on the ground) is easy on the body’s joints.

Additionally, new NordicTrack Pro Skiers purchased from NordicTrack include a one (1) year warranty on parts.



If there is any drawback to the NordicTrack skiers, it is that they have a brief learning curve. The motion is natural and easy once you understand that the one-way clutch only provides resistance as you push the ski back behind you. There is no resistance as you pull the ski forward – do not “shuffle” your feet or you could lose balance (the shuffle motion is a common requirement in lesser quality machines). With the help of customer service and a multitude of instructional videos, it is an easy thing to master. New machines purchased from also have a 30-day return policy, to allow plenty of time to learn this new skill.


WHERE to BUY NordicTrack Pro Ski Machines


PURCHASE NEW NordicTrack SKIERS (warranty included)


Buy a new NordicTrack ski machine to take advantage of any special financing options, a 1-year parts warranty, and the option to purchase in-home assembly and set-up!



PURCHASE USED NordicTrack SKIERS (as is)


Many people are interested in purchasing a used NordicTrack Pro skier, and this can be a great way to get a quality at-home fitness machine.

Online merchants like eBay frequently carry used ski machines from hundreds of third-party sellers. Be sure to note the NordicTrack skier model type when you shop — the quality will vary depending on the model of the ski machine. Cheaper ski machine models produced in the past include the Challenger, 20th Anniversary Special Edition, Sequoia, and Excel. There were also lines of more expensive models including the Achiever & Elite.

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  • Patented flywheel and one-way clutch mechanism produces a natural motion and can be adjusted for different levels of resistance
  • Wheeled, foldable machine can be moved and stored easily
  • Independent resistance controls for both arms and legs let you adjust the intensity of upper- and lower-body workouts
  • Adjustable front-end elevation adds variety to your lower body workout
  • Electronic monitor displays time, distance, calories burned, and pulse
  • NordicTrack’s warranty offers 1 year of coverage on all parts
  • Measures 93″ length X 23.5″ width X 60″ height
    • Note that these are the measurements when the machine is not in use
    • A longer clearance is needed to operate the machine (at the front and back of the skier to allow the skis range to take “steps”)
  • Weight capacity of 250 pounds




The NordicTrack Pro Skier is designed to last for years, and regular maintenance will ensure this lasting experience. Parts that get regular wear (like resistance straps and springs) will eventually wear out over many, many miles of use. Fortunately, these parts are easy to replace yourself with parts that can be purchased online.

Finally, you may enjoy the option to enhance your workout experience with custom-made accessories for the NordicTrack Pro skier. Add a drink holder, upgraded hand grips, a fan, or one of the other great options to enhance each workout!

NordicTrack Pro Skier Labeled Parts Diagram

NordicTrack Pro Skier Labeled Parts Diagram


  1. Susan Fortuna

    Can I purchase a replacement monitor/computer for my skier pro?

  2. BArbara Zola

    I am not seeing NoedicTrack Excel electronic monitor readily available on eBay. Any other ideas? Expected cost?

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Barbara, You may want to continue to watch eBay for a monitor or contact about the type of specific monitor that you are looking for. Good luck!

  3. K

    I purchased a used nordictrack classic pro. It’s in good condition, all of the wheels turn except the fly wheel. It will turn manually but not when I ski. I cleaned it with an emory board and wiped it with alcohol. The drive rollers appear to be functioning. Any trouble shooting tips on why the fly wheel won’t turn?

    1. Will Gosnold

      The tension band controls the force necessary to move the fly wheel. Loosen the band and the wheel will turn, but that is not what you want. Adjust the tension to set the force necessary to move the fly wheel when you are standing on the skis and pushing backward.

  4. isac bloch

    Looking to replace the NordicTrack Sequoia flywheel sensor wire up to the vertical pole. Is there an instruction protocol to accomplish this?

  5. David

    How does the current NordicTrack Pro ski machine, which I believe is made in China, compare to old ones that were made in the US? Is the design identical? Would parts from the newer model–skis, say–work on an old model? Is the quality of materials and construction better, the same, or worse? There are many old ones for sale locally on Craigslist and Facebook for very low prices–or even free–and I’m wondering whether I should look for an old one or a newish one.
    Thanks for any advice you can offer.

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi David, Many NordicTrack devotees will swear by their older US-made machines, but since it’s been so long since the machines were produced in the US, the quality of any given machine is going to depend largely on how it has been treated / stored over the years. New machines will come with a warranty.

      The exercise motion and major parts should be the same if you are comparing “Pro” model skiers. If you can find a free one, then it will be hard to beat that deal!

  6. Robin Mazhar

    I have a Nordic Track from the 90s. I want to sell it, but I don’t know what model it is. It doesn’t have ropes for the arm exercise, it has what looks like high handle bars that you move up and down while skiing. Can you tell me the model name and, what value it might have now? ((I think we paid about $400-$500 when we bought it new.))

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Robin, There were many different models sold in the 90’s, so it’s hard to say which model you have. It’s usually printed on the side of the machine though (right under / next to the NordicTrack logo). Check to see what your machine says and do an internet search on those words to see if you find a ski machine that is the same as yours.

  7. Patricia Kelly

    I just purchased a new NordicTrack ski machine that arrived a month ago. It makes a loud annoying clicking noise in the arm pulley when I use it. I can feel a click on the right side when I pull it. How can I fix that or where can I find a technician?

  8. Jordan Smith

    I bought NordicTrack Pro Skier not too long, Ordered because I stopped running after moving to my new place, as the terrain is so hilly, and it was really taking a toll on my feet and knees. It’s quite good. I really don’t know why they don’t have it at health clubs because to me, it exercises you every bit as well as an elliptical, and it’s quite easy to put together, even for someone who is bad at that kind of thing.


    1. Alyce (Post author)

      I used to see NordicTrack cross-country skiers at gyms & health clubs back in the 1990’s, but since I purchased my machine I haven’t needed the gym in a while. It’s defintely a great machine that gives a great workout without being harsh on the knees!

  9. Eddie

    Hi Alyce,

    Great post! Very good organization of your thoughts and paragraphs. Kudos there. I leave your page today feeling highly informed on the NordicTrack Pro Skier. You did a great job of detailing the benefits and specs of this work out machine. Question: have you tried this out before? Do you recommend this over a treadmill? Elliptical? 

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Eddie, I have owned a NordicTrack Pro skier since the early 1990’s, and I also encouraged my family members to buy them as well. It’s great to have so many in the family now so that I can always do my favorite workout… which I feel like I need after Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! 😉 

      Personally, I find the elliptical machine movements to be a little awkward and the good machines tend to cost thousands of dollars. The NordicTrack is affordable and also has a smaller footprint (which is great if you don’t have a dedicated exercise room).

  10. Keith Baker

    Thank you for this site. Your information is very useful fo maintenance and enhancing my NordicTrack skiing experience. I am a cross-country skier and big NordicTrack Ski Machine fan, and remember when they were the latest thing on the fitness scene. Gyms couldn’t have enough of them, people would argue over them, but then just a few years later ellipticals came along and the NordicTracks sat kind of forlornly off to the side. I acquired one somewhere years ago (probably a 505) and use it when I can’t get out or need to watch TV while I exercise.

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Keith, I’m glad you find the information helpful. I agree that it’s still a great exercise after all these years!

  11. Elizabeth Conley

    This is great! I am so glad to see people are still interested in Nordic Track Machines.

    My personal all time favorite fitness machine is the versa climber, but that’s another topic.

    Nordic track has been around forever, and their machines are super durable. You could get by with a vintage Nordic Track and be very pleased.

    Did you read about this study? Oops – no links. OK

    Well, did you read about how a ten minute workout with three 20 second super high intensity sprints could be as good as a fifty minute low intensity workout – at least as far as cardio-vascular conditioning was concerned?

    I’m dying to put this information to work for myself next week. I bet you could do this kind of high intensity interval training on a Nordic Track.

    What do you think?

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Elizabeth, Thanks for sharing! It sounds like you are describing a HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style of workout. I’ve done intervals on the NordicTrack Pro and it is definitely an intense cardiovasular challenge! To boost the intensity on your NordicTrack, simply increase the leg resistance by pulling UP on the resistance, and simulateously increase the intensity for the upper body by dialing (clockwise) that intensity up as well. When you finish your interval (20 seconds), you can reset the NordicTrack to settings with less resistance to keep your body in motion (walking pace) until you get to your next intervals.

      Best of luck to you with your workout goals! Regards, Alyce

  12. James Harvey

    Nice article Nordictrack has been one of my favorite brands to buy exercise equipment from for a while now. I see that you know your stuff. I like the video it makes the content all the better. I did not know however you could buy an item like this on bonanza. That was cool to discover since I shop on the often. May have to give this a shot..

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi James! I’m happy to hear that you’ve learned a little bit more about the iconic NordicTrack Pro. It’s a great piece of home gym equipment that will get years of use!

      Regards, Alyce

  13. Emonne

    I go to the gym, but sometimes it’s kind of a stretch. So the NordicTrack Pro Ski Machine looks pretty appeasing. I like the fact that it is not to big and it is easy to store. On the treadmill I’m always tracking my time, so it’s awesome that the NordicTrack Pro Ski Machine offers that and more. Thanks for this.

    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Emonne, Thanks for visiting! These skiers are every bit as good as a gym workout, plus they have that added convenience of being an “at home” product… no gym trips necessary!

      Regards, Alyce


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