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Skate to Ski: The Perfect Off-Season Ski Training

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How inline skating can help you Ski better

I think we can all agree that the worst part about skiing is that you can’t do it all year long. Come late spring, there probably won’t even be a layer of snow on the ground, at least in most places. What should a skier do? The next best thing: inline skating or Skate to Ski.

The inline skate is actually a very capable replacement for skiing, the closest you’re going to get to skiing on dry land. For this reason, we want to introduce you to Skate to Ski, an initiative launched bySkates, the official supplier to the US Ski Team. Their goal is to get more skiers on inline skates to help them stay in shape for skiing during the off-season. Skate to Ski hopes to educate skiers about the many benefits of inline skating, both as a training tool and a way to stay in shape in the off-season.

We’re always looking for ways to improve our skiing (we’ve written aboutinline skating as a training methodbefore), and that’s why Skis.com fully supports the Skate to Ski movement. . In the coming months, we will be releasing more content related to the Skate to Ski training method. We think you’ll find that inline skating can have significant training benefits, and that skiers of all ages, skill levels, and sizes would benefit from skating a bit in the off-season.

A recent research study titledThe application of inline skates in the training of alpine skiershas found that inline skating is the best form of exercise in the off-season for skiers. How does inline skating help develop your ski skills? It boils down to three components, as described in the study:


Movement

Skiing and inline skating share very similar movements that translate to each other. By inline skating, you can mimic the same movements you make when skiing, acclimating your body to the body posture, weight shift, and pace you use while skiing. Especially when it comes to downhill inline skating, the two sports are very similar, apart from the terrain you ride on. The small diameter of inline skate wheels requires similar amounts of force and control as you glide downhill. The stance width, gait, and body lean of alpine skiers compared to inline skaters are very comparable.


Muscles

Since the movements of skiing and skating are similar, it should come as no surprise that both sports use the same muscle groups, more or less. The muscles of the legs, hips, knees, and ankles are used in unison when skiing, and the same could be said for inline skating. All of these muscles are strengthened and conditioned by skiing or skating, which means the more you practice one, the better off you’ll be with the other.

Perhaps the most important transferable muscle use comes from thigh rotation and load distribution on the inside and outside of the leg.These are unique movements that use the muscles in a way that is not often used. The same can be said for the hip and knee extensors that facilitate load transfer and the ankle muscles that are used for stabilization.


Speed ​​

While skiers will, on average, reach higher speeds than inline skaters, getting used to controlling their movements and reacting to speed is another way inline skating can mimic skiing. Skiers often have to be very alert and react to changing conditions at any time. Inline skating doesn’t have the same intensity as skiing, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some parallels when it comes to reaction time and control of body movements, skills that skiers should value.

However, in recent years, changes to inline skates have begun to close the speed gap between skiing and skating. The production of inline wheels with a smaller diameter and improved bearings has allowed skaters to improve speed on asphalt, looking more like skiing. There are many inline skates, like the RollerbladeMacroblade 90or theMaximum 100, are designed specifically as inline skates for skiers, offering more speed and control to training skiers.

Skate to Ski


Inline skating is a great off-season activity for both expert skiers who need to train year-round and casual skiers who just want to stay in shape. Beyond the training similarities, inline skating is also a great cardio workout.

To make it easier for all of our ski friends to get a good workout in the off-season, you can now find afull range of inline skatesat Skis.com for men, women and children. Not sure which skates to buy? Go toInline Skates Buying Guideon our partner site InlineSkates.com.

The only thing left to do is put on some skates and head out!

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