Basic Technique for the V1 and V2

fast skate skier

I participate in most forms of winter sliding (except nordic jumping), but in recent years, skate skiing has probably been my favorite. Partly, that's because I don't seem to have as much time as before and I can get my butt kicked in an hour or two of skating, whereas a nice backcountry tour is pretty much an all-day thing and, even if I'm bump skiing pretty hard, it takes me most of the day to feel like I've really worked. But even setting aside the amazing efficiency of the workout, there's the feel. When the snow is fast and I'm reasonably fit, there's a feeling of grace and power that goes along with skate skiing that just puts me in a good mood. Granted, it's maybe not for everyone. Still, even alpine skiers with a less than enthusiastic attitude towards endurance workouts can benefit a lot from skate skiing.

Skate skiing, obviously, involves making a skating motion, pushing back and forth on your skis like on ice skates, rather than forward and backward like when walking or running. Though I've skated as much as ten miles on gear that was not skating-specific, that's only because my brother forgot the wax. If you want to have fun, you need skate skis, boots that are either skate-specific or "combi" and relatively stiff poles that are longer than classic poles (roughly to your lips).

I'm not going to get bogged down on trying to convince lazy ass alpine skiers to skate ski, or blab on about the gear (go to a ski shop and have a look). Mostly, I want to discuss how to dial the two most important moves in skating