While out doing a bit of nordic skiing, I spoke a while with a man walking his dog. He commented on how I was doing the “old style” (classic) rather than skating, then went on to tell about several experiences he has had with skaters using the whole trail and forcing him off. Wouldn’t this be a good time to double pole past a walker? Here is a list of basic manners:
1) Pass others on the trail without forcing them off.
2) Don’t skate, walk, or snowshoe on existing tracks.
3) If you are in the track going up a hill, look forward and get out of the way to anyone coming downhill. In general yield to anyone coming downhill.
4) Don’t be watching your ski tips; it makes for bad skiing and you don’t know who you are coming to or who is coming at you.
5) Don’t stop in the track or block a trail; move to one side.
6) Of course, don’t litter (maybe even pick up a bit of litter!)
7) Keep your dog in control, if he does not have a dead reliable recall (and is in your sight at all times!), he belongs on a leash. (I define dead reliable as “he stops dead in his tracks when chasing a squirrel and comes back to you”).
source: Rochester Nordic Ski Club newsletter: Feb 2012 newsletter vol 38 issue 4e