With a stretch of days in the 80s and 90s, it officially feels like summer here in Vermont. Between that and COVID-19 related shutdowns, there’s pretty much zero chance anyone in this part of the country, or most other parts, are going to have an opportunity to ski again this season. Don’t fret! Last summer, we released a series of Rollerblade reviews announcing that we’re carrying the brand and chatting about a few different models. In those reviews, we often mentioned Rollerblade’s Skate To Ski Program.
The Skate To Ski Program is the premiere ski cross training program out there, period. The muscle groups and techniques in skating cross over almost directly to skiing, not to mention it’s just super fun to roll around. So, this summer, we’ve decided to take you through the Skate To Ski program step by step, in SkiEssentials.com style.
Part 1: Getting Started and Phase 1:
For the first video, we’re going over “Getting Started” and “Phase 1.” These steps involve choosing what skates are right for you, determining the appropriate protective equipment, going over some basics of skating, then progressing into striding for power and parallel turns. This is the place to start both if you’re new to skating and if you’re new to the Rollerblade Skate To Ski program. As always, reach out to us if you have any questions about what equipment you need, availability, or with any other inquiries. Our expert customer service team is here to help.
Part 2: Phase 2:
In our Phase 2 video, we take you through steps intended to develop the skills necessary to move on to more skiing-specific workouts and drills. Jeff and Bob go through balance and agility drills, turns with increasing angulation, line jumps, T-stops, and finally skating uphill and turns down steeper terrain. This is an important Phase for anyone who is relatively new to skating and who wants to continue on to Phase 3 and 4 of the Skate To Ski program. We recommend not moving on to the next Phase until you have mastered all the skills in this video.