So I am going skate skiing in a few days with friend and have not gone before. I am looking for some advice on a few different things and some help to clear up some confusion of mine. 1) I am an alpine ski instructor, so, does any part of downhill translate over at all so that I could use those skill abilities in nordic? 2) What is appropriate attire for Nordic, I assume I don't want to be overdressed and wear my downhill clothing because that would suck to wear while doing whatever movements are required for skate skiing and I probably would overheat, but what is appropriate to wear? 3) Just any advice in general about being able to nordic better. Thanks. And so today I found out that… 1) I don't really understand this. . Are you asking if you could use downhill skiing techniques in nordic skate skiing? If that's it, then. . Not really, except for when you skate ski down hill. When you skate ski downhill, it's not much much different than downhill skiing. . In fact when you go downhill, it's exactly like downhill skiing if you decide not to use the skating technique 2) Well, you're right. Don't wear down hill gear, like snow pants and heavy jackets. You will sweat to death. For your legs, you only really need 2 or 3 layers. The inner layers should be thin pants (i call them thermal underwear), and the outer layer should be nordic ski pants. These are like skin tight pants (it doesn't have to be skin tight, but it's uncomfortable to wear lose pants) that are mostly used when exercising. They are sort of water proof. For the top, I wear 3 layers. A long sleeved shirt, with a sweat shirt (that's not loose) and a light wind proof jacket. 3) Skate skiing is similar to roller blading, or ice skating. I don't know if you've roller bladed or ice skated before, but the biggest difference between those and skate skiing, is that skate skiing requires longer strides. The main thing is moving your legs foward in a V shape. (the tip of the V is behind you) Also, being experienced in downhill skiing will help you a bit, because you probably have good balance because of that, and skate skiing requires balance. . . I don't think i'm very good at explaining, but there's my advice. Good luck and have fun
Olympic and World cup racers demonstrate the traditional cross country (nordic) skiing technique. Diagonal Stride For the comprehensive professional version . . .