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post #31 of 36
num - I have taught at Wilmot for the past 14 seasons. On weekends next season, I will be working at Wilmot and various areas throughout the Midwest. Are you and instructor?

In an effort to get back to the topic at hand, I hope to have video of some folks on Carvers later in the week with some simple exercises. It's been raining like crazy here, so the time to skate has been limited.
post #32 of 36
Got to carve yesterday before work with a friend. My friend is an accomplished skier but had never been on carvers before. Some quick observations.

First, on a gentle slope, say something similar to the entry to a lift line, there was still concern about falling and becoming one with the pavement. Fear is a powerful motivator!

Second, a tendency to become inside leg dominant and stack the weight over the inside foot. This position was described as feeling "safe" but was the dreaded A-frame.

Third, movements focused on inside leg activity resolved the A-frame/inside leg stacking and transferred weight to the outside foot. Skating that looked much more like skiing soon followed!

So what were the movements? First a straight run with a focus on lightening one foot. Second, purposeful lightening and tipping of the inside foot. Third, skating to linked turns.

In the skating exercise, emphasis was placed on starting each skate on the little toe edge of the inside foot, then gliding over the crown in the road and rolling progressively to the big toe side. Then set the new lifted skate down on the little toe edge of the other foot, glide over the crown in the road and roll to the big toe. This simulates the tipping movement of the outside foot on skis. Once the outside foot and inside foot could make the same movements simultaneously with the majority of the weight over the outside foot, there was a smooth transition between turns with an easy entry to each turn.

With carvers there is a more "foot centric" approach to movements due to the effort needed to tip the feet to create turn shape. Even with advanced students, you still need to go back to the basics at times to get where you want to go.

BTW, still dodging rain here, so I will post video as soon as the sun shines for more than 30 minutes at a time!
post #33 of 36

Find a gentle slope...

Me making a fool of myself and injuring my but-tox last Oct. Pad up.

MA always appreciated.

post #34 of 36
Inline skates can be used for a variety of different skate related sports. Here's a couple of examples (in addition you have speed skating, downhill, and probably others).

Alpine sl race type of skating:

Freestyle SL skating (more like ice skating then skiing):

post #35 of 36
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the videos, Racer 256 and Max.

Racer - pretty gnar bruise you got going there!

Max, do you skate? I took it up principally to improve my skiing, but it's pretty darn fun in its own right.
post #36 of 36
Originally Posted by Acrophobia View Post
Max, do you skate? I took it up principally to improve my skiing, but it's pretty darn fun in its own right.
I used to but moved to carvers which I feel are a much better training tool for skiing.
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