The PSIA XC Team wrap up of Interski 2015 in Ushuaia, Argentina written and compiled by David Lawrence, 2015 PSIA representative for cross country skiing. Read the Interski 2015 nordic cross country skiing wrap-up from PSIA/AASI U.S. team member David Lawrence. Countries represented in this report: Italy, USA, Finland, Denmark, Swiss, Australia, Canada, Argentina.
V1 skate ski pole technique might be the most utilized poling technique for most skate skiers in the US. Although I think V1 poling technique is over taught in the US (great topic for another post), V1 poling is an absolute necessity for climbing hills.Becoming a powerful, efficient hill climbing machine requires the right combination of many factors. In this post and video, Scotty McGee focuses on one factor to help you become a better, more developed V1 skate skier - switching from left side to right side as you V1 pole.
Quick, short, focused exercises and drills can strengthen neural connections in your brain and your body, resulting in better economy, better efficiency and better technique. Speed is much more neurological than it is physical. You don't need major doses of speed practice to get better. Instead, quick, focused bursts sprinkled throughout a ski or a run or any activity will expand and improve your neural wiring. That is precisely the focus of this quick video tip. The video explains that you should practice two extreme tactics for skate skiing uphill. Quick, hopping steps uphill with very short glides. And... Long, slow, ultra glidey steps uphill.
The publication produced by the American Cross Country Skiers (AXCS) entitled "XC World Digest" collects great training and technique articles from Europe and elsewhere, providing digestible, descriptive, translated pieces of cross country skiing content to sink your Nordic teeth into. Membership comes with numerous benefits, including a print publication that's well worth the price of joining. Below represents my highlights from this issue, curated and interpreted by me, including all of my baises and idiosyncrasies. Hope you find some value!
XC Ski Academy - a cross country skiing how to ski, coach and train like a nordic skate and classic skiing pro by David Lawrence, PSIA Nordic Team Member, coach, instructor and cross country ski trainer.