Experienced Alpine skiers are often caught by surprise at the difficulty of Nordic downhill skiing. Superficially, the sports appear closely related: there’s snow, a pair of skis and a hill. If anything, Alpine skiers expect to find the slower speed of Nordic downhills easier. Many are unprepared for the challenge of transferring their downhill skiing […]Continue reading
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 […]Continue reading
I used to be a nice person, but these days I’m just cranky. Everywhere I turn I’m reminded that ski season is well underway. My Facebook feed is filled with photos of happy friends enjoying excellent early season conditions. Invitations to group ski outings fill my inbox, but I’m stuck in the gym, losing my […]Continue reading
Most self-taught skate skiers use a single technique on all terrain – uphills, downhills, and flats – their technique never changes.
You could gather half a dozen expert skiers over a bottle of wine and get six different answers to the question, “How many skate skiing techniques are there?” But most trained skiers would agree with this statement: There are 5 core skate techniques plus a variety of supplemental techniques for special circumstances such as sprinting, cornering and downhills. If you’re one of the majority of skate skiers – at least here in North America – who doesn’t yet know all the skate techniques, the best thing you can do to improve your efficiency is to expand your skate skiing toolkit.Continue reading