A curated set of youtube skate ski videos and some tips for novices to intermediates from Lev (Eden Mills Nordic Racing Rabbits coach)
0) Push your hips and knees forward, flexing at the ankles.
1) Especially for novices and beginners, take plenty of time for free
skate (no poling) and 1 skate (poling on each side) to develop good
2) Always look where you want to go (just like learning to ride a bike. If
you look down, that's where you can end up, especially on downhill).
This really helps keep your body in good position.
3) Think of your whole body as a spring: compressing during the kick and
pole push, relaxing during the recovering, and expanding fully to
initiate the next pole push and kick.
4) A good exercise to develop full side to side weight transfer is heel
click: during 1 skate or 2 skate, touch your heels right before the
5) Pole push is through the straps, fingers are just for control. Relax
hands and arms after push is complete and during recovery to next push.
6) Pole straps should be tight enough so that skier can let go at end of
pole push during 2 skate -> relax muscles when not being used
7) Experiment and be your own coach. Try extending your range of motion
and extending your weight shift. See what works and what doesn't.
# VIDEOS (5-10 minutes each)
weight transfer and body position, XC Ski Academy
good brief survey of 5 skate ski techniques
Nordic Ski Lab video on 1 skate timing
Nordic Ski Lab 1 skate dance drill
LNR Double polling drills
LNR 2 skate drills
How to adjust and use straps: https://m.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=90&v=LmddqxemyO8&feature=emb_title
If you have kids (or yourself) who will be skate skiing, they will need skate skis with glide wax. We recommend applying hot wax at home, but an easier alternative is some sort of universal glide wax (for instance https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5058-459/Universal-Liquid-Glide-Wax-80ml). This will help you out in a pinch, and can be applied at the trails.
For classic skis, we also recommend a system adjustable to different snow conditions (for instance https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5009-061/Tour-Pack-Wax-Kit), but you also have them in a liquid version that is easier to apply (for instance https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5029-974/Liquid-Grip-Wax).
These two videos provide an easy and no-nonsense approach to waxing:
For skate skis and waxless classic skis with fish scales: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmEDaRSMK3A that you apply to the full base of the ski
For classic skis without fish scales: hard wax the easy way - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u92PrwBbCU, but only the first 3 minutes
- Cross Country Canada
- Southern Ontario Division (SOD)
- Nordic Ski Places in Ontario
- Guelph Nordic Ski Club
- Waterloo Region Nordic Ski Club
- Toko Manual (see all the links to the Nordic categories)
- SWIX Manual
- SWIX Video
- Detailed video series: Intro, Brushing, Applying glide wax, Scraping, Brushing off wax, the wax kit, everything combined in one 10-minute video
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