the free skate is the foundation of most ski skating techniques using this three-minute video you should be able to improve your free skate by adapting the various drills to your skiing the free skate involves a skating action with both feet and a natural arm swing to help propel you down the track it is important that you land on a flat ski and that your body weight moves over that ski to help you balance momentarily it helps to flex the leg when pushing and then to stand tall or walk lighting to start try the skating action from a static position that way balancing is easier and you can see that I emphasize putting down a flat ski and then shifting my weight over it for a second or two work on developing a smooth rhythm from ski to ski most people are problems with balance so a good drill to practice is the scooter try balancing for as long as you can and remember to try scootering on both your right and left ski many skiers keep their arms by their sides as demonstrated here to improve this try to actively swing your arms forward and back as you skate this will help you develop a smooth rhythm to your skiing another problem area is skating on a bent leg if this is your problem try the looking for your friend drill as shown here remember to stand tall between skating actions to help you glide as long as possible some skiers sit back and wait their heels as demonstrated in this case to get balanced on your skis try the hop skate drill shown here this will force you to get centered on your skis with the weight over the balls of your feet one of the biggest problem areas that I find when I teach free skate is the toe push as demonstrated here this is usually caused by a pushing action which is directed too far behind the skier the jump drill will help you get more push from the side and will help with balance as well another common beginner problem is the feet wide apart approach to skating here the glide is short the glide ski lands on an edge and the skier can't develop much power try the boot touch drill to lengthen the glide remember to put your ski down as flat as possible in some cases skiers develop more push on one side than the other resulting in a lopsided skating action showing here use a circle skate to strengthen the push on your weaker side a good test of a strong free skate is to skate up a slight hill this will require that you bring together many of the key aspects of skating a strong leg push active arm swing and a good rhythm note how I face toward each ski to help glide as long as possible you

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Can I give more than one like to this videos? It does help me a lot!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Hi. This is a really useful video for a beginner like me. I have a question though… When I try this the gliding ski stops briefly before I kick off with the opposite ski. This happens whether I'm doing long glides or short. This doesn't seem to happen for other skiers. I figure my technique is wrong, but from this short description can you tell what the problem is? I tried leaning back a bit to take the weight off the gliding ski but this puts my balance out. Any suggestions much appreciated

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    What I really like about you videos is that you not just show how itโ€™s done correctly, but also how itโ€™s not done right. This helps a lot to understand the actual problem and to notice what needs to improve.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Excactly how a instruction video should be done. To the point, with no irrelevant info. Thank you

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Awesome video.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Perfect explanations and exercises for fixing problems. Thanks!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Short, informative, intelligent. Thank you!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    I keep on coming back to this video. Some videos have dialogue for five minutes before coming to the lesson. You cover a lot of material very efficiently and give great drills to work on. Thanks!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Really helping video
    the problem for me is only that i do not have such nice skiing place neraly!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Good video. Thank you.ย 

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Best tutorial I have ever seen in YouTube! I feel like a pro already!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Awesome video, thanks for posting!

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    great video, I didn't know the reasons for wrong technic until you explained it, thanks ill keep watching.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    what would be the worst thing about using skis that are 27 cm shorter than the recommended length for my weight?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    No substitute for experience I'm afraid, something that can't be taught. I feel your frustration.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Yea it's just easer to learn without them.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    The skating is the technique that he is showing us how to do.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Thank you so much for this video I have a cross race tomorrow and have never done it before but I do race in both skiing and snowboarding.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Great, I will give it a shot once the snow falls again. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Your comments echo my experience overmanyyears.Countless lessons with a variety of pros all saying I had good technique.They can't all have been after a mention in my will Last season I think I nailed the flaw in the technique. What I did differently was to keep shifting my hips over, even a bit across, the glide ski,but I stopped shifting my upper body across the glide ski.Still moved it enough to line up over ski.But before it was too much & I wasted energy getting my shoulders back and across

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Thanks for the video. I just tried skate skiing for my first time yesterday. I'm pretty sure at some point during my ski I made all the mistakes you outlined. Next time, I'll try your drills first. Thanks again.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    The second option looks better for me. ๐Ÿ˜€ To be honest, I have to admit that due to my university studies I'm in the mountains 3-4 times a year so the fitness may be the key factor… Anyway, thank you for this great video.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    If you think you have better technique…then the only other possibility is that they are fitter. I know that I have several people pass me in races due to their better fitness…often they can't skate that well but they are very fit and use a high turnover to mask poor balance. Note that on uphills you don't have to glide that far so it favours people that are fit and who aren't great skaters. As you point it could also be faster skis.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    I don't claim myself a great technique expert but I believe I'm doing it (skate) right. And now tell me how is that possible people over 50 are taking me over uphill just like that with smile on their faces like they are making no effort. My style is no worse (maaaybe a liiiitle bit) than the one of theirs. I have two explanations: 1) doping, 2) they wax the skis pre-run so precisely and so long until it climbs a hill by itself when placed on the snow.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    The outside of my calves hurt when I skate, causing me to tire out quickly. What am I doing wrong?

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    This was filmed at Blow me down ski club in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    where is the skating

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Great video. I'm just starting out and I'm definitely making some of the mistakes you mentioned, especially the toe push. Going to try out those drills as soon as I get up to the hill. Thanks for the video.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    These are great tips and instructions, Keith. You have a knack for isolating problems the beginner has (like me) and the specific antedote to correct the problem. I've learned allot from your teaching. Thanks for posting and contributing to my learning, fitness, and enjoyment of the outdoors.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    I agree …..overemphasis sometimes put things just right.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Great video, a good way to focus on landing on a flat ski I found was to think about landing on the outside edge of the ski while transferring weight.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    It is really important for a beginner to be shown the basic mistakes which was done in this video.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    It is better for developing balance to not use your poles.

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  • June 17, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    Great video! I get my first set of skate ski gear this week and will keep your recommendations in mind (will leave the poles at home at first)

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