They are not skis, they are not skates, but they are surely a hell of fun. Skiskates will open a new door for you to try new tricks.
We will explore the skiskate tricks in this article.
What is skiskating?
Skiskating is a sport combining skiing and skating.
This booming winter sport brings a new way of movement and freedom to the slopes. Staying on the snow, you can move similarly to ice hockey or rollerblading and explore new possibilities in winter fun.
How to skiskate?
The movement is quite similar to rollerblading or skating. So if you play ice hockey, or know how to rollerblade, this will come pretty naturally to you.
There are 5 main ways to skiskate:
1. Downhill on the slopes
2. Downhill on hiking trails
4. Cross-country trails
5. Local sledding hill and your backyard
Basic tips on how to skiskate
- keep the front-back balance by placing your weight over the middle of your feet or over your heels
- keep your legs flexible, at about shoulder width, slightly bend your knees and lean the upper part of your body forward.
- place one foot in front of the other if it helps you increase your stability
- stopping is pretty easy, it’s similar to stopping with skis or skates
Once you feel confident with the basics, it's time to explore the tricks. Let's have a look at that.
Easy and common skiskating tricks
This is like regular downhill skiskating, just backward. Watch out where you are going though! And don’t forget to place your weight over your toes and keep your heels slightly lifted to avoid catching the tails in the snow.
This trick is so effortless compared to spinning with long clunky skis. Just keep spinning and spinning and spinning…
or another, you're gonna get it soon. This trick is beginner-friendly. You can do this also while squatting.
Jumping skiskating tricks
There are so many tricks you can perform, based on your abilities. The hardest part is the landing when you need to place your weight over the middle of your feet to keep the balance.
It’s pretty easy to do 180 and 360 during a regular downhill ride.
Add one more spin to add a bit more to the fun. Can you do more than two?720
Footwork on skiskates
There are many different types of footwork, here are just some examples:
Crossovers can be done both forward or backward.Crossovers
Use your imagination and create your own footwork style.
Other tricks and activities you can do while skiskating
This one is borrowed from figure skating and honestly, it’s pretty hard to keep the balance.
Borrowed from Michael Jackson, but still not perfected by any skiskater.
Be it with dogs, a horse or a car, skijoring is so much fun!
Skiskating in a snowpark has one big advantage compared to skis and snowboards: after every jump, you can easily run up the hill for another one without needing a lift
Rails and boxes
Enjoy those rails and boxes your way - the best way.
The history of skiskating is yet to be made. We all are writers in this story with a blank page in front of us.
New kinds of tricks are yet to be created. You can be the one to create a new trick and name it after you!
Now is your turn.
Imagination is your only limit!