Kim McKenney – Cross Country Ski Technique

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Questions to Assess Your Poling

Here are some suggestions for things to think about on your next ski outing: What’s Your Upper Body to Lower Body Ratio of Effort? The use of poles allows you to distribute the workload across your upper and lower body, but only if you use them efficiently. Men can use a higher proportion of upper […]

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How do you think double poling works?

Do you think double poling is about using arm power and upper body strength to push your poles backwards so you move forwards? Do you imagine it’s like an ab crunch, but instead of lying down, you’re standing up? Do you think it’s about getting your body weight high, thereby creating potential energy so you […]

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V2-One Skate: too fast, too hard, or just right?

In Top Tips for New Skate Skiers I argue beginner and struggling skate skiers should prioritize V2-One Skate and minimize their use of Two Skate (V2 Alternate). It’s not that I don’t like Two Skate. Two Skate is a wonderful technique. It’s fast, fun and dynamic. My problem with Two Skate is it disguises balance problems. Often […]

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Head Position – Small Changes, Big Results

I failed to adequately appreciate the importance of head position until quite recently. I’m the kind of skier who likes to look down at my skis. It suits my introverted personality. It let’s me be alone, in my own zone, even when there are other people around. I can focus on the sensations of skiing […]

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