Skate skiing is a popular winter sport that is similar to roller skiing. It is a cross between classic and free technique, where skiers push with one ski, then the other as they make their way over the snow. The skating movement allows skiers to increase speed and glide longer distances on skis. Athletes can skate at different speeds and often use skate skis when classic or free technique does not provide enough glide.
What equipment do I need to start
Many experienced cross country skiers enjoy transitioning to the speed and glide of skate skiing. Often, their classic and free skis are replaced by a single pair of skate skis. Skate skis are longer than classic skis for greater speed and glide. The tips of skate skis are turned up to allow the skier to push off more easily with each stride.
Typically, a beginner will first use the classical or free techniques. As skills develop, the beginner may choose to try skating as a way to improve speed and distance.
What are the types of
Skate skiing has a variety of techniques that can be used depending on the terrain and fitness level.
1) Long-axis skating:
In long-axis skating, one ski is pushed forward at a time with each stride. In the push phase, the upper body leans forward over the ski as it is placed flat on the ground before the ski is lifted off the snow.
2) Short-axis skating:
In short-axis skating, the skis are pushed next to each other at a 45-degree angle to the surface of the snow, reducing drag. The upper body leans forward over both skis as they are placed flat on the ground before the skis are lifted off the snow. This technique is often used for speed skating.
3) Diagonal stride:
In a diagonal stride, both skis are pushed at a time with each stride. The push phase occurs as one ski is lifted and glides forward, before being placed back on the ground. In the glide phase, the skier moves forward and leans back and slightly to the side of the lifted ski. As this technique is similar to diagonal stride in classic skiing, it can be thought of as a transitional step between classical skating and free skating.
What are some tips for skate skiing?
1) Keep weight on your leading foot and practice lifting and placing your skis in a forward motion
2) Keep weight on your leading leg throughout the glide phase, when the foot you push off with is raised
3) Lean forward over your whole body while skating
4) Practice with poles for better balance and control
5) Practice diagonal stride to increase speed and distance
6) Use skating poles with baskets that allow the tips to glide smoothly over the snow
7) Practice your maneuvers on easy trails or in flat areas until you get used to it. Once you are ready to try harder terrain, go at an easy pace and increase distance gradually to build up endurance.
Start with slopes that are just slightly steeper than your ability.
What are the benefits of skate skiing?
Skate skiing is popular because it can be a challenging and fun form of cross country skiing! It allows skiers to glide over the snow for longer distances, as well as increases their speed. In comparison to classic skiing, it is easier to learn and access lessons with ski clubs or resorts. For athletes who like to skate, the increased speed and glide make skate skiing a great option for their winter training!