How to Choose Skate Skiing Gear

How to Choose Skate Skiing Gear
While skate skiing and classic style are both examples of cross-country or Nordic Skiing, in many ways, this is one of the only things that they have in common. Skate skiing is performed from a "V" position. One ski is pushed out at an angle, which drives the inside edge of the ski into the snow. In many ways, it is more like skating than skiing, thus the name "skate skiing." As such, to excel at this type of Nordic skiing, you will need to purchase skate-skiing specific gear. Skate skis are significantly shorter and wider than classic skis. Additionally, they are waxable, to enhance gliding.


Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Skate skiing boots Bindings Skate skis Skate skiing poles
  • Skate skiing boots
  • Bindings
  • Skate skis
  • Skate skiing poles
Step 1
Purchase ski boots. This is important, because not all ski models are compatible with every skate skiing boot. Look for boots with added ankle support, which will help minimize excessive torsional flex.
Step 2
Choose the appropriate bindings for your boots. There are two types of binding systems that are suitable for skate ski gear: the New Nordic Norm (NNN) and the Salomon Nordic System (SNS). Both of these bindings have models for both Nordic and classic skis. NNN bindings work with boots that are manufactured by Rossignol, Alpina Sports, Madschus and Fischer. The SNS bindings will fit Salomon, Atomic, Adidas, Hartjes and Botas boots.
Step 3
Bring your boots to the ski shop. Come prepared with knowledge about your height and weight. Each manufacturer will have a height and weight chart, which suggest which length will be most appropriate. Be sure to follow these guidelines. Unless you are a highly advanced skate skier, choose a ski length that is 5 to 10 cm shorter than your height. This will keep you from crossing your ski heels, which is a common problem amongst beginner skate skiers. If you are an advanced skier who likes to ski fast, choose a longer and wider skate ski.
Step 4
Choose skate skiing poles. Keep in mind that they are significantly longer than the poles used for classic technique. Beginners should choose chin height poles, whereas more proficient skiers can choose poles as high as their lips.

Tips & Warnings

Always try out skis before buying.
Do not use classic skis for skate skiing technique.

Article Written By Lisa Mercer

In 1999, Lisa Mercer’s fitness, travel and skiing expertise inspired a writing career. Her books include "Open Your Heart with Winter Fitness" and "101 Women's Fitness Tips." Her articles have appeared in "Aspen Magazine," "HerSports," "32 Degrees," "Pregnancy Magazine" and "Wired." Mercer has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the City College of New York.

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