How to Ski Stride [Video Tutorial]

Summary: Ski stride to build a solid base of ski specific fitness during the off-season. Embedded video tutorial teaches how to “fall uphill”, how to ski walk, and how to ski bound.

Ski striding, sometimes called hill striding, is a dryland training technique used by nordic skiers to simulate skiing when there’s no snow.

You can ski stride to simulate classic diagonal striding or the skate technique, offset (V1).

This lesson covers ski striding to mimic diagonal stride. We’ll leave offset striding for another time.

Ski striding is popular with nordic skiers because it’s…Continue Reading

Relax Your Way to Better Skiing [Video Drill]

Relaxed Skiing

If you’re a technically competent skier and have mastered most elements of good technique, I have some advice that may surprise you: Stop trying so hard. Whenever I ski at popular nordic centres I’m struck by how many people are good, but not really great skiers. Their technique looks fine, at least in terms of […]

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Nordic Mythology: Slapping Skis Equals Bad Technique

Noisy Skiing

Sometimes, when diagonal striding, the tails of your skis will make a slapping sound when they land in the track. In my early days of learning how to ski a coach said to me, “Hear that clapping sound? That’s applause for bad technique! ~Nice Coach Maybe you’ve heard the same thing from your coach, or maybe […]

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The One Thing You Absolutely Must Not Do When You Cross-Country Ski

Incorrect Tuck

The nordic skiing crowd is friendly. You should never feel embarrassed by your skiing ability or worry that your technique looks bad. Everyone starts as a beginner and everyone has to go through the learning process. There’s no shame in that. However, there is one thing you should never do, no matter what your skill […]

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Video Tutorial: How to Use Your Legs in Skate Skiing

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The foundation of beautiful skate skiing is your legs. You want to generate powerful propulsive force with your push, then transition smoothly to a comfortable, well balanced glide. This video gives a detailed overview of how to use your legs in skate skiing. You’ll learn: How your body should be positioned so you get maximum […]

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The Little Known Truth About Powerful Double Poling

Double Pole

Double poling. It looks so simple. You just sort of bend over and push your poles behind you, right? You don’t even have to coordinate opposite movements with your right and left legs. How hard can that be? Unfortunately, extremely hard. Double poling is hands down the most difficult cross-country ski technique to master. But […]

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Pole Like a Pro: Correct Arm Position [Video]

Elbow Flare

Summary: Don’t pole with straight arms. Your elbows should be bent and flared out from your sides. If your poles are the correct length, your hands should be at eye level when you plant your pole. Hold your arms like you’re “hugging a barrel.” When poling you want your arms to be strong so they […]

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How to be Less Scared of Staying in the Tracks on the Downhills: 5 Quick Tips

Stay in Tracks

It’s not that I’m afraid of the downhills, it’s that I’m afraid of staying in the tracks on the downhills, especially if I can’t see the runout or if there’s a sharp turn at the bottom. Theoretically, if a skilled tracksetter is grooming your trails, you should be able to count on his setting track […]

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Effective Downhill Turns: What the Science Says

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You have to make a lot of decisions as you approach a downhill turn. First, you have to chose a technique, next you have to chose a “line” to travel, and finally, you have to decide whether and how you will apply braking force. You want to get through the turn with as much speed […]

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How to Buy Perfect Cross Country Ski Poles

Buying Classic Poles

Summary: The most important thing to consider when buying new poles is pole length. The most common problem is skiers buying poles which are too short. Poling technique has evolved considerably over the years and modern poling technique requires longer poles than what used to be recommended. This change has been around for many years now, […]

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