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Tips on Roller Blading for Off-Season Training?

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Ok, I am trying to get serious about my skiing this off-season. I am a level 6-7 skier, who carves almost always on blues, carves ok (medium and large radius) on groomed blacks, but has problems with short radius carves and would like to learn to improve my stance (vis-a-vis upper/lower body seperation and countering) and would like to learn to work on better balance.

I am considering trying roller blading and biking on the off season as I have just quit smoking and believe that both these activities will help me to improve my endurance (cardiovascular).

Are there any specific exercises on the roller blades that people can recommend that will help to improve my skiing? I understand that the cross-over benefits are great, but would appreciate some input from skiers who rollerblade.

Thanks
post #2 of 7
Find an IISA instructor - tell them you are skating for skiing cross-training. They should be able to give you stuff to work on that will aid stance & balance & edging & rotary skills.

Works(worked??) for me - last summer I made great progress in my skiing skills...

warning Take GREAT care in your first few runs on snow though - the tip lead is opposite as is edging & you do a few wacky turns until your body 'remembers' it is now skiing
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Check out this URL and see if this helps.

http://www.harbskisystems.com/skateindex.htm
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One should take the classes taught by (some) IISA instructors with a grain of salt: some of their drills involve upper body rotation to inititate the turn, upper body banking to some degree, inside leg leading in the turn and/or having too much pressure. Make sure your instructor knows how to ski, or better yet to be an alpine ski instructor too.

Anyways, I highly recommend taking the IISA classes route. They do help me improve my skating a lot. Since I do not know any IISA instructor who skis as well, I need to use my own judgement on deciding what movements I should be doing and how to do those. The http://www.harbskisystems.com/skateindex.htm site is good indeed. Try to skate just as you ski on groomed terrain: do slalom turns with most of the pressure on the outside leg, tip the skates on edges to initiate the turns, have your hips and upper body stay in the direction of travel...

Have fun! eugen
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Originally posted by eugen_nw:
One should take the classes taught by (some) IISA instructors with a grain of salt: some of their drills involve upper body rotation to inititate the turn,
Funny I have always been taught to INITIATE the turn the same way as skiing.... just the upper body rotation is used to help the turn once initiated.... then again - don't ask me - I'm bad at it - told I skate like a skier - don't rotate enough.... As the skate turns don't feel exactly the same(they just don't flex like a ski) I have little trouble seperating the 2 - bar the first run or 2 of the season.. once I 'remember' I am on skis I am fine....
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Midwestskier: since you want to become a better skier, have you considered taking skiing lessons coming season? From my experience, that provided the most improvement in my skiing.

As you might have already figured it out, balance improves tremendously doing inline skating. Ditto for edging skills, and for leg rotary to some extent. Upper-lower body separation is an entirely different beast, and in skiing it is different in short, medium and long radius turns: each turn type comes with its own degree of separation. I think you should learn this skill while skiing.

eugen
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