Skate Videos

These videos will help you see different techniques in skate skiing.  There is a lot to learn, so just focus on watching the videos so you can get a feel on what it looks like. 

This first set of videos just show the skiers and do not have any words.  In practices, we will teach you the different techniques. Don't get worried about how much there is to learn.  We will go step by step, and help you become a better skier.  The most important thing:  Have Fun!!!

It is easy to become confused about the different techniques and the names.  Be patient, as you spend more time skiing, you will get it down.

It is a good idea to revisit this page often and watch the vids again. As you have more practice on snow, the techniques will make a lot more sense.

Free Skate/Skiing Without Poles

Skiing Without Poles: Free Skate

Every practice or workout should include skiing without poles.  This is not just for beginners, but for everyone.

Notice the body position: Knees and ankles bent, with the weight over the gliding ski.

Free skate/no poles is also used by skiers in races on fast sections or downhill sections.



V-1: Poling on left side

V-1: Poling on right side

V-1: Showing Poling on Either Side

V-1 means you pole and skate on one side, and skate without poling to the other side. 

In the V-1, you can pole to either the left side or the right side.  Poling to both sides is the V-2, which you can see below.

V-1 is the low gear for skiing.  You can do it anywhere when skiing. It is the most common technique for going uphills. Most beginner skiers start with V-1. The V-1 does not require as much balance as the V-2.

Notice the body position: Knees and ankles bent, with the hips over the feet. Note: in the top two vids, they use the label "straight ski." A better label is flat ski.  Always glide with your ski flat on the snow, not on the edge of the ski.



V-2: Poling on Both Sides

V-2 means you pole and skate on two sides. You pole on both sides. For every glide, you pole.

V-2 is high gear. It works best in flat sections and as you get stronger, going up small hills.

To ski the V-2, you need to have good balance. For most beginner skiers, the timing of the V-2 is harder than the V-1.

V-2 Alternate, aka "Open Field"

V-2 Alternate Poling on Right Side

The V-2 Alternative means you glide on one side and pole, and then glide on the other side without poling. There are two videos with the V-2 Alternate, showing poling on the right side and poling on the left side.

V-2 Alternative is a high gear. It works best in flat sections with good glide and downhills. It gets the name Open Field, because it works best in sections of the course that are like fields...flat areas. To ski the V-2 Alternative, you need to have good balance.

V-2 Alternate Poling on Left Side

   Double Poling

Double Poling

Double poling is not just for Classic Skiing. When skating, you can double pole at the top of a hill to go faster down the hill, and you can use double poling in flat sections if your legs need a little rest.

Double poling should be a part of every workout and practice.  It is a good way to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Strong abs are important in both skating and classic skiing.

This guy is an animal double poling!  Usually as beginners, we take it a little bit easier, but make sure you do a crunch with your abs, bending at the waist.

Snowplow: Stopping


An easy way to brake or slow down is the snowplow.