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 […]Continue reading
Offset (or V1, as they say in the USA), is a unique skate technique. It’s the lowest gear most skate skiers will use. The primary uses of Offset are hill climbing and accelerating from a stand still. In my opinion, Offset stands apart from other skate techniques and is pretty weird. You plant your poles at […]Continue reading
(Interview with Jan Ottosson, several times Swedish champion.) In 1982, the America Bill Koch turned the sport of cross-country skiing on its head when he skate skied his way to the overall World Cup title. The years that followed were a singular time in the history of cross-country skiing. Elite athletes suddenly had to adapt to a style of skiing they hadn’t used during their developmental years. It was so new no one really knew […]Continue reading
The “One Skate Dance” is an amazingly effective drill for helping skate skiers quickly get the knack of One Skate (V2 skate skiing).
It helps skiers discover the beautiful rhythms of One Skate, learn how to effectively power their leg push with their body weight, and gives them a highly accurate drill for developing better balance on their glide ski.Continue reading