Skate Skiing – Cross Country Ski Technique

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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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Introduction to the Primary Skate Skiing Techniques

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.

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Video Technique Analysis: V1-Offset

V1-Offset has a characteristic 3:1 timing. You have 4 points of contact with the ground: two poles and two skis. In Offset, both poles plant at the same time as one ski, and then the second ski pushes unaided by any poling. The side you pole on is “stronger” because the poles really help with […]

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