Nordic Downhill Skiing – Cross Country Ski Technique

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What Alpine skiers need to know about Nordic downhill skiing

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 […]

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3 Must-Have Skills for Safer Downhills

Downhills are a big worry for many nordic skiers – even strong intermediate skiers feel trepidation on downhills. For beginners it’s worse. There’s a good chance one of the reasons they chose cross-country skiing over alpine skiing is because they aren’t downhill speed demons. Nordic Downhill Ski Techniques There are 4 principle Nordic downhill skiing techniques: […]

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Step Turn [Video]

The 3 videos below show step turning on different terrain and from different angles. The first video shows how to make a tight turn on the flats, and the second 2 videos show step turning on a downhill, first from a side angle, then from behind. Kai demonstrates step turning with and without a kickback in the middle video.

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“Hockey Stop” [Video]

Practicing your hockey stop is a great drill for learning to be more comfortable on the edges of your skis. This is important in skate skiing and helps with step turning as well. You’ll probably have one bad or weak side. Force yourself to practice at least twice as often on that side.

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