Modern Double Pole Technique Simplified [Video]

The important thing in double pole technique is to get back to the same start position, no matter if you are sprinting, climbing a hill or skiing over a long distance. The finish position and recovery can vary as needed, depending upon speed and terrain. During the pole push the skier must…


Reader Q & A, Vol 1

Bill is a self-taught xc skier from New Jersey. He has questions about the downhills. If you have ideas to help him, please leave them in the comments below. Here are my basic questions when heading downhill…


Crazy Forward Body Lean [Video]

You know forward body lean is important in cross-country skiing. But your mind plays tricks on you. It’s so worried you’ll fall that it sends you into panic mode whenever it feels the slightest hint you might lean too far forward. It doesn’t just take practice to develop the extreme forward body lean you


Scooter Drill – The Way We Like It [Video]

The Scooter Drill is probably the most “famous” cross-country ski drill. We like to use it as a way to practice diagonal stride in slow motion. Diagonal Stride is a highly complex movement. We’re always looking for ways to break out components of the stride cycle so people can practice those movements separately. Focussing on the smaller movements […]

Athletic Position in Cross Country Skiing

In Praise of the Athletic Position [Video]

If I could go back in time and give myself one tip when I first started coaching, it would be this: “Be fanatical about getting your athletes to get into the athletic position and reminding them to be loose and relaxed.” In this video I cover: What is the athletic position. How it forms the basis of all cross-country ski techniques. Why it’s hard