The apparent dichotomy of skate skiing
Are we skiing farther by gliding side to side?
At first glance, skating seems to offer one contradiction. The slower the conditions, the more the skis are angled out. That means the skier is headed in a zigzag motion, apparently lengthening the distance of travel.
In fact, in the early days of skating, some ski coaches and instructors (not me) taught a method of skating that actually encouraged skiers to lengthen the distance they skied. The encouraged gliding as long as possible before skating off.
While this is fine with the faster skate techniques, when the skis are pointed fairly straight ahead, it was a disaster when applied to the slower skates, like the V-1 on hills. Not only did it lengthen the course, the extended glide encouraged a stop-start motion, killing momentum. While a lot of Americans practiced this extended glide, I never saw a World Cup expert ski in this manner.
So let's look at how to avoid gliding too much to the side and extending the distance we ski.
Read the entirety of Lee Borowski's advice for skate skiing in the February 2013 print edition of Silent Sports magazine. To order a copy, call 715/369-3331. To avoid missing future issues, subscribe online here.
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