NordicTrack Skier Models

There is currently only one model of new NordicTrack cross-country ski machine being manufactured, the Classic NordicTrack “PRO” Skier. There were many other models produced in the past, all featuring NordicTrack’s patented flywheel & one-way clutch mechanism, adjustable upper and lower body resistance, and the ability to fold for storage.

Although all NordicTrack Ski Machines provide the same great exercise motion, different NordicTrack ski machine models will feature different options than the Classic NordicTrack Pro Skier. Below is a comparison chart of NordicTrack models and features to illustrate their respective value:

NordicTrack Ski Machine Model Comparison Chart

NordicTrack Ski Machine Model Comparison Chart

NordicTrack Ski Machine Features & Models

Electronic Monitors, Rear Wheels for Transport, Pneumatic Front-End Elevation
  • Elite
  • Pro Plus
  • Health Club 900 (Club Sales Only)
  • Health Club 900T (Club Sales Only)
Electronic Monitors, Rear Wheels for Transport, Adjustable Front-End Elevation
  • Pro
  • Achiever
  • Medalist
Electronic Monitors, Rear Wheels for Transport
  • 20th Anniversary Special Edition
  • Excel
Electronic Monitors
  • Challenger
  • Sequoia
  • Designer
No Monitors or Other Features
  • ExerScience Ski 2000
  • NordicTrack 505

All models feature the same full-body motion that mimics cross-country skiing. Each model provides a great aerobic workout, but the machines will be more comfortable and easier to customize as you move up the product line.

Keep in mind that the only model currently produced is the “Pro” model. Information is provided as a reference in case you are considering the purchase of a used machine.


45 Comments

  1. Jessamy

    Hi there! I am so excited to find this site. I am looking at a number of used skiers. Most important for me are smooth (aka quiet) action and ease to fold it up between uses (small space). Which of any of the models shall I hone in on?

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  2. Eli

    I forgot to ask. Will the newer workout computers made more recently work with the older machines?

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  3. Elias Klein

    Hi and thank you for a wonderful site and comparison chart!
    I have a Sequoia model that we bought in the early 90’s and have been using it on and off for all these years. I recently have been motivated and have started using it daily once again.
    I found a barely used Achiever model on craigslist for a very good price.. Does the Achiever have a better flywheel and hand-pulley system than the Sequoia? Also, would you recommend that over the newer Pro model?
    Looking forward to your expert reply.
    Thank

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  4. Nick

    Hi Alyce, this is an update on my attempt to revive my NordicSport Ski 450. I was successful in using my soldering and telecom wiring fabrication skills to get it working again. I’d forgotten what it’s like to have a functioning 450 under me till yesterday. It’s like reliving the glory days of my waning youth. Hopefully this fix will last a long time. Have a great day.

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    1. Ramona

      Hi Nick, I just got a nordicski450 from someone who said it worked, I didn’t know much about it, so I discovered that it doesn’t. How did you make yours change resistance? Do you think I can fix mine?thanks, Ramona

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  5. Janet

    Hi, we just got a used Nordic Track Excel skier at a moving sale. No idea of the age. It did not come with a manual. The console had a corroded battery in it.
    So, 2 questions: is there a manual available
    and is the console replaceable? We did try cleaning the contacts and replacing the battery, but no signs of life.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Janet, Here is a link to a PDF document of the NordicTrack Ski Machine User Manual that you can download for your records.

      There are other stores online where you can purchase a monitor for your machine including ebay and NordicFitnessSkiMachines. If you’re feeling extra crafty and want a project, this instructables.com tutorial has detailed instructions on how to build your own!

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  6. Nick

    I own two ski machines from Nordic Track: an Achiever model I’ve recently fixed and a Nordicsport 450 which uses the radical MC squared resistance system. Long story short, the workout computer is broke and it’s necessary for changing resistance and snow conditions
    Anyone know where I can get a replacement? I’ve been all over the Internet.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Nick, the Nordicsport Ski 450 made of composite-material isn’t a model that I’ve ever seen, and I can’t say to know much about it. I didn’t even realize that NordicTrack ever made a model that required the computer to change the workout settings! I also did an internet search for the “Nordic Sport 450 control panel” and did not find anyone currently selling this part. Without a current seller available, I’d recommend monitoring online used-item sales websites like ebay.com and shopgoodwill.com for used parts.

      Just in case you don’t already have a copy, I found a PDF document of the NordicSport Ski user manual that you can download for your records. It does have a couple of basic pointers for when the electronics and resistance mechanisms are not responding.

      Good luck!

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      1. Nick

        Thank you for your advice and documentation on my Nordic Sport 450. I may or may not revive this thing in the future but the lesson is learned. Never buy a piece of exercise equipment that relies on electronics to control the working mechanism. The only thing from NT I own worth having is my Achiever and Ab Works.

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        1. Alyce (Post author)

          Hi Nick, I agree with you on the electronic exercise equipment — I definitely prefer the mechanical versions for their simplicity and longevity.

          How cool that you also have an AbWorks machine!! I purchased one when I was an employee at NordicTrack in the 90’s. I eventually had to sell it when I moved into a small NYC apartment, but I remember that it was a great way to get a ab workout without neck strain. Fun memory!!

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  7. Nick

    I also bought a second hand NT Achiever and had a problem with the stickiness of the drag strap on the flywheel. My fix was to flip the drag strap to the other side. A better method would be to machine wash & air dry the strap before reinstalling. A longer term solution is to buy and install a new drag strap every 2 years and flip the strap every 2 months or when that stickiness is felt in the action.

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  8. Roger Anderson

    Question–can you describe (or point me toward) a features list for the Pro Plus? I’m just outside (268) the max weight for the Pro, but remember the great workouts it gave me 30 years (and 35 pounds) ago! Thanks for this site–awesome collection of comparison data.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Roger, That isn’t a model I’m familiar with, but this link looks like it might have the information that you are looking for. Good luck!

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  9. Al

    This is a question that has nagged me since purchasing my first Nordic Track Pro from an ad in Nat’l Geo in 1975 while living very near Chaska, Mn. I actually got to go to the industrial park where the Pauls were making them (I’m now on #3, having worn the first two out through so much daily use by the family for years, and then donating them to my children who still use them with their families….but not so much as I seem to).
    Anyway, after the first couple of years of pretty much daily use, I became more comfortable using the machine with the hip pad in the vertical position because I can really stretch out my legs for a long stride, which for me seems more like the actual groomed-trail xcountry skiing we love to do every winter.
    I never gave it much thought when I was younger, but I’m wondering this somehow harms the machine or is messing up my technique now that I’m 66 years old. The workouts are still great.
    Thanx.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Al, How cool that you’ve had the machines for so long!! I have also gifted one of my old machines to a family member. 🙂

      If that slightly-altered workout seems more comfortable to you in that position, more beneficial for your training, AND you are staying stable, then it’s probably not doing any damage to the machine. Your machines have lasted a very long time without unusual or unexpected wear issues.

      I can’t really speak to how it might affect your technique on the snow. I have never had the opportunity to cross-country ski and I want to try it out so badly!!

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  10. Jane Greaves

    I have started using my father’s NordicTrack Sequoia ski machine (from the 90s?). It looks to be in very good condition. The front and back rollers and arm wheel work fine but the fly wheel seems VERY stiff even with the tensioner on the easiest setting. How do I fix this?

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Jane, The Sequoia model was one of the lower-end models – so they will already have a bit of a stiffer feel when exercising when compared to the Pro model. If the regular suggested maintenance does not help (see https://nordictrackproskier.com/maintenance) to help smooth out the ride, then you might consider purchasing either a “skier overhaul kit” or a “skier tune up kit” at NordicParts.

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  11. Maurice Simeoni

    Best bang for your dollar. Mine is at least 25 years old, and still going strong. Although it’s not been in continuous use over the years, I can still pull it out, give it a quick clean and very little maintenance, and get going with a good, consistent workout on my original Classic.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      I agree Maurice! It’s a solid piece of workout gear that gets the job done and is built to last!!

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  12. Francine

    Hi , I recently purchased a used Nordic track pro skier in really good condition and was very excited to start using it . This machine used to be in a gym attended years ago – gym model of course-and loved it but never saw again anywhere. I have been using my skier but have noticed that my foot/ sneaker gets “stuck” on the track because the ski tracks are so narrow your feet shift a bit , Is there a remedy for this ??? Please help!

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Francine, For the home skier models like the Pro (with wooden skis), it helps to use paraffin wax on the sides of the skis to keep the skis from sticking. For assitance with the health club models, you should contact NordicTrack customer service directly at (877) 993-7999. Best of luck to you with your issue.

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  13. Jeff W

    I have a Nordic track skier with elliptical style handles and not the cables. What model do I have and where can I get manuals for it.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Jeff, You may have some luck with NordicTrack customer service. You can contact them directly via phone at (877) 993-7999.

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  14. Jordan Smith

    I purchased NordicTrack Excel Skier Machine for my grandfather who became fat and very lazy due to his age. I could say it’s a very high quality equipment which along with affordability consist of extensive features and benefits. I want him to perform cardiovascular activity to make his health better. The equipment looked very sturdy with that oak wood frame. The chrome upright tubes gave a very unique and impressive touch. Good to see features of other models.

    Awesome review!

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      That is great Jordan! The non-impact motion of the cross-country skiing exercise makes it an ideal way to exercise for anyone who may want to avoid stress on their joints.

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  15. Henry

    Hi! I have noticed that Pro has all the boxes ticked. No wonder it’s their best seller. Right now the Pro sales price is just $549, that’s 8.5% less than it has ever been since it came out to light. Although it has been around for quite a long time (20 years) I’m still a fan and I think it’s a great opportunity to take advantage of this discount.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      You are right that the value has never been better.

      The PRO model has actually been around much longer than that… my family has had multiple PRO machines since the early 1990’s! I’m happy to report we still use the same machines!!

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  16. Matthew

    The Nordictrack Ski machine is the best exercise machine that I have ever used! There’s so much you can achieve in your body fitness if you use a ski machine that you would never get if you just used a normal running machine or a rowing machine

    I have never been skiing but I can seriously say that skiing is a really great way to get fit and to loose weight

    Thanks so much for this review,it has made me realise how great the Nordictrack Classic Pro Skier Machine is

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Matthew, I have never tried actual cross-country skiing either… living in a warm climate means that we rarely get snow for such things. Hopefully one day I’ll get the chance to try it though, as I feel like all the practice on the NordicTrack cross-country ski machine means I’ll have a very short learning curve!

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  17. Pentrental

    I don’t often find valuable information regarding ski machines so a post like this one on the NordicTrack Ski Machine is really helpful. The chart is really easy to reference. I see that the only model that’s “currently manufactured”, so I guess my one question would be can I order any of these? If so, I think I would go with the Elite for sure. Thanks for the info!

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi, unfortunately you won’t be able to order a new Elite model machine, but the good news is that the Pro will provide the exact same motion and workout. 

      If you do have your heart set on the Elite model, you may be able to find a used one through online or local marketplaces.

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  18. Dave Sweney

    Thanks for the information on the Classic NordicTrack ‘Pro’ Ski Machine. This is a truly a classic and high-quality brand and model that will last you for years with regular use. I have owned one in the past and it was great. I had no issues with it but had to sell it when moving to another country.

    I would buy one again in a heartbeat and have been thinking of doing just that, along with some other NordicTrack equipment that I have been looking at. This one is a keeper for sure for anyone wondering if it will stand up and the many features in the latest model mean that it will be good for you for years. This is definitely worth buying!

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      My family and I have been very happy with the quality of workout and durability of the NordicTrack Pro machines. I hope you are easily able to find one in your new country!

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  19. Dennis

    I have an older nordictrack pro skier(1992?) with a blue botton monitor and pulse functions. I desperately need a owners manual/instructions for skier and workout computer. I contacted Nordictrack and was told I need the model number which is 5-6 digits beginning with a 2 or 6 digits beginning with “NT”. Can’t locate this on skier. Help?

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    1. Jaimie Buchanan

      Hi Dennis,

      Jaimie in New Brunswick Canada here. You can get the manual here, plus any other parts you need for your NordicTrack for maintenance:

      https://www.nordicparts.com/nordictrack-skier-manual.html

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    2. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Dennis, As Jaimie mentioned, NordicParts does have a manual available for purchase, but you may also have luck finding manuals for specific models and years on eBay.

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  20. Joel McCloud

    I have an Achiver model NordicTrack Skier machine made in 1992. I have put in to use periodically over the years and had no troubles with it. It is now giving me trouble with the tentioner for the skies ,in that with the tention turned all the way to the lightest the machine runs at max poundage .The machine is still usable but definitely not fun to use in it’s current state. I purchased this machine at a yard sale many years ago without an owners manual. Is there anything I can do to make the tentioner adjustable again?
    Thank You for any input you can give me. Joel McCloud joelmccloud@msn.com

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    1. Jaimie Buchanan

      You can buy the tension gear set from Nordicparts.com…..new and high quality parts

      Cheers…Jaimie in New Brunswick Canada

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    2. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Joel, NordicParts sells a “skier overhaul kit” that is specific to each model for approx $150. The kit for the Achiever model includes new Driverollers, Dragstrap, Endrollers, A/E bearing, A/E Leather Pad, Arm Cord plus a substitution for a round leather pad, a dragstrap with two triangle clips and the correct dragstrap spring for the 30 LBS tension indicator.

      The Acheiver models are harder to find than the current PRO model, so it may be worth your time to try the overhaul kit!

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  21. MONIQUE RICH

    Hello,great chart..Which model has a higher maximum user weight limit? Thank you

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Monique, The more expensive models had the highest weight limits. You may be able to find some of those used models available online, but everything above the “Pro” level has been discontinued and is no longer being manufactured. The current model (the Pro) has a weight limit of 250 pounds.

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  22. Karen Wescott

    Great information! Thank you for this article! I’ve been looking at buying a used model to see if I like it. The information you have provided will help me to find the right machine for me!

    Karen Wescott

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  23. Jen

    Love the comparison chart, informative to know what the difference is between the models. Looks like the one they still manufacture has the best options overall. I like that it can fold up, I have a small house so all my equipment need to be moveable. I used in a health club before but haven’t used one in the home. Thank you for the review on the nordic track exercise machine.

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    1. Alyce (Post author)

      Hi Jen, Thank you for reading up on the different skier models on NordicTrackProSkier.com! There is one model currently manufactured, the Pro, which has been the company’s best seller for years. Also exciting is that the selling price for new machines has come down a bit in 20 years: the Pro Skier used to cost $600 and there were NEVER any sales / discounts. Today the MSRP is $999, but the sale price is only $549!

      I’m very happy to hear that you found this information on the Nordic Track Pro Skier to be beneficial.

      Warm Regards, Alyce

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