Skate Skiing – Page 2 – Cross Country Ski Technique

Category Archives for Skate Skiing

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.

Continue reading

Name that Skate Skiing Technique

Let’s make the world’s largest International collection of skate skiing technique names! In the comments section below, please leave: Your Country/Language The names of each skate technique listed in the same order as the table above. Any other interesting skate skiing-related words or expressions you have. If your alphabet is different, can you also tell us how […]

Continue reading

The Myth of Complete Weight Transfer

“Weight transfer” and “weight shift” mean the same thing. “Complete weight transfer” and “commit to your ski” are equivalent to one another as well. I dislike jargon, but these are important concepts to understand.

My comments about “complete weight transfer” towards the end of this article challenge widely held dogma. Rejecting the dogma improved my skiing and may help you ski better too.

Continue reading

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 […]

Continue reading