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When there is no snow to be found, cross country skiers often turn to bike riding, running, swimming and strength training to keep in shape. But roller skiing is really the best option.

For skiers in this part of the country, however, it can also be the toughest kind of offseason training to come by.

Roller ski races, in particular, are more common on the East Coast, where ski clubs are clustered close together, and in Europe. In this region, Utah — home of the U.S. Ski Team headquarters in Park City — is the likeliest of possible hosts.

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Parker Cotton can be reached at pcotton@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2670. Follow him on Twitter @ByParkerCotton.

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