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
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