Video Quiz! Skate Transitions

Have you noticed how uninstructed┬áskate skiers almost always ski one way? Their technique can be best described as a blend of two skate and offset (that’s V2 Alternate and V1, for our American friends). I always feel sorry for these folks, especially when they are struggling uphill. If they learned the full range of skate […]

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Case Study: Ben Diagonal Stride

Ben provides us with an interesting case study. He’s a strong, fit skier who has developed many of the skills he needs to ski well, but his technique is missing one essential element. Let’s take a look: (If you need a refresher on model diagonal stride technique, here’s the demo video) I really like Ben’s […]

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Case Study: Tom Double Pole (Video Drill)

Double poling is a deceptively difficult cross-country ski technique to master.┬áTo the untrained eye, it looks simple because the limbs move in unison. There’s no need to coordinate legs and arms moving in different directions. But if you think about it, from the time you could crawl, you’ve been alternating your limb movement. It’s completely […]

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Do You Have the Strength for This?

It’s a cliche to say that cross-country skiing is a great workout. Cross-country skiers love to claim their sport is “The World’s Best Cardio Workout” and brag about “full body exercise”. To be honest, I don’t care too much about the health benefits of cross-country skiing. It’s a nice side benefit, for sure, but there […]

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One Simple Truth to Help You Cross-country Ski Better

If you want to ski better, you are going to have to ski differently. It’s an obvious statement, but still worth contemplating. When you cross-country ski, your body naturally falls into certain movement patterns. We can think of these as “bad habits”, or we can think of these pre-programmed movements as assets. They have underlying […]

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