Ski Pole Tips for Skaters
Excerpt from Get
Rolling: Page 120, Advanced Slaloms chapter
who cross-train on in-lines, as well as non-skiing skaters, find that
using ski poles
adds confidence and a feeling of security on steeper hills. For this
purpose, the poles are fitted with rubber-covered tips (search the
Internet for “rubber tips ski poles”). If you’re buying new poles just
for skating, check out the mountaineering-style poles that feature
adjustable lengths and interior springs to decrease the jarring of
ground contact. A cork grip adds to the comfort. These can be set to
a longer length when used for Nordic style cross-country skating, or
shortened for downhill slaloms.
Here are some poling
Grip the poles
lightly, with pressure only at the fingertips.
Keep hands in
view, no more than 2 feet apart. Don’t let them trail behind you.
Use the ski pole
to mark your rhythm. Tap it on the pavement directly in front of
you the moment you shift your weight to the uphill skate to start
a new turn.
Do not jab the
pole out in front of you; reach from the shoulder blades and flick
it out by swiveling your wrist.
Keep your chest
facing ahead, not down. Bending at the waist makes it hard to keep
your poles high enough to plant without jabbing.
Keep your elbows
slightly raised so that your arms are rounded.
Practice poling with
this chapter’s upper body and hand-placement drills. This will help
you properly initiate and complete your turns, maintain proper arm
placement, and more effectively use your poles as a tool to improve
timing and balance.
Other November 2005 Stories
About Momentum - Advice for both ends of the spectrum: skaters
who seek the thrill of downhills and those trying to avoid it.
Drills - Practice carpet skating to build memory in your joints,
muscles and brain for proper technique and stances.
Tips for Skaters - Using ski poles adds confidence and a feeling of security
on steeper hills. Get pole training tips from this excerpt from Get
All Downhill From Here! - From the Orbit archives:
"With more machismo than skill, I ventured out the shop door and pointed
my skates down the crowded sidewalk," Dan recalls.
East Bay - Lafayette-Moraga Rail Trail - Gravity aids
momentum in this lovely roll past St. Mary's College, which glows
white in the winter sun against the lush grasses of Mt. Diablo's
We joined Zephyr
Adventures' Tibet Trekking trip in August. Words cannot express
what we saw, did, and felt in China, so we are sharing Dan's captioned