NordicTrack Pro Skier



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 it’s lasting popularity and passionate cult following?

The NordicTrack Pro Skier is the flagship model of what was once a large line of at-home Cross-Country ski exercise machines. The smooth, natural motion of NordicTrack ski machines offer a gentle, non-impact exercise without discomfort. Adjustable resistance and elevation let you adjust the intensity of your workouts to your own goals and specifications. The attached feedback monitor window tracks time, distance, calories, and pulse. The lasting construction of the steel and oak frame led Bloomberg Magazine to comment in 1998, “once you have a NordicTrack, you never need another one.”¹



Cross-country skiing is an all over, full body aerobic exercise that engages all major muscle groups in the core, upper body, & lower body. The upright, weight bearing position burns hundreds of calories per hour while 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 outlets. 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. New NordicTrack Pro Skiers include a one (1) year warranty on parts. Adjustable resistance and elevation settings customize the workout to your individual intensity preferences. The lon-impact exercise (feet stay on ground) is easy on the body’s joints.

NordicTrack Pro Ski Machine

NordicTrack Pro Ski Machine




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 (warranty included)

Buy new machines to take advantage of special financing options, a 1 year parts warranty, and an option to purchase in-home assembly and set-up!

• Amazon 

• NordicTrack


These merchants carry used ski machines from 3rd party sellers, but be sure to note the model type as the quality can vary widely depending on the model. Cheaper 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.

• Amazon


• eBay



  • 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 allows you to add 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″ L X 23.5″ W X 60″ H — note that this is the size when not in use, you will need a longer clearance at the front and back of the ski machine for moving ski clearance when the machine is in use
  • Weight Capacity 250 Lbs



Your 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 evenutally wear out over many, many miles of use. Fortunately, these parts are easy to replace yourself with parts you can purchase online.

Finally, you may enjoy the option to enhance your workout experience with custom made Accessories for the NordicTrack Pro Skier. A drink holder, custom molded hand grips, or Cross-Country skiing exercise videos can make the chore of working out a much more pleasant event!





  1. 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?

  2. 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!

  3. 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).

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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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