Dr. Rose Kenny is a talented skate skier who has participated in a number of camps, in addition to coaching on a few occasions at Mt. Bachelor for the Deschutes Multisport Triathlete Group. This means she is well-placed to offer advice to those who are new to the sport. If you are in this position, keep the following in mind to make the most out of your time on the slopes.
Research Before Buying
The quality of your gear will play a large role in how successful you are as a skate skier. Make sure you research every piece thoroughly before committing your money to it. Check online to find out what fellow skate skiers have to say about the item and avoid the temptation of always going for the cheapest options, as you may find that such gear is poorly made and unreliable.
Take It Slow
Before you can develop any form of technique you need to become comfortable with your gear. Practice the simple act of staying upright while allowing yourself to glide across the snow. Find a flat area where you can practice and get comfortable before investing in lessons.
Join A Camp
Some of the skate skiers you will encounter are self-taught, which means they often have inefficiencies in technique. Avoid the temptation to go this route and instead enroll yourself in a dedicated camp where you can receive coaching from people who are licensed and able to help you fix errors in your own technique.
Dr. Rose Kenny is an experienced physician and talented skate skier.