MASTERING YOUR SKATES
Feet should be shoulder width apart, with knees bent and flexible at all times.Your upper body should remain upright and centered over your hips. Keep your arms comfortable, but down low at your sides or parallel to the ground for balance. Do not use ski poles.
Place your weight over the middle to back of the skates. For soft snow or powdery conditions, sit farther back. On harder packed snow, you can center your weight over your skates. In this way, you can produce more speed and momentum, making it easier to make turns while maintaining your balance.
Similar to skis and in-line skates, transfer your weight to the downhill skate to turn. Your body should be positioned into the direction of the turn you wish to make, putting the skate on its edge.
If you are an experienced inliner or ice-skater, skating with Sled Dogs will be second nature to you. And the only thing you need to know before trying is to “kick/push with most of the weight/power on your heels”! …and that’s all experienced inline skaters/ice-skaters need to know… you might as well jump to the next lesson, STOPPING.
If you have never tried either inlines or ice-skates, you hopefully have seen “long distance ice-skating” on TV!? You know 1500 meters or longer runs, where the skaters skate with slow, long kicks? In the beginning you should focus on this kind of technique. …and not the technique that is normal among trick-inliners (short, fast’n’powerful kicks/strokes).
HOW TO USE A SKI LIFT?
After a while you probably want to use your skates on an alpine-slope…and unfortunately not all slopes have a chairlift.
So what do you do!? TUMBLE AND FALL!?
No, taking a lift is very simple, do the same you would do with skis (you HAVE tried skis before!?). The only difference is that you should put a little more of your weight on your heels, and the first times you might also lean a bit extra backwards to be 110% certain that you don’t run/dig the tip of the skate into the snow.
Sounds easy!? Well, that’s because it is easy.
CHAIRLIFTSSkate into place and perform the most basic dog trick of all: Sit. But not until the chair hits the back of your legs. When you leave the lift, keep your toes up and slide easily from the landing.
T-BARS/ROPESAgain, sit. But this time, make sure your weight is evenly distributed, knees are bent, and skates are flat and level.
Protect your skates during the ride with Doggie Walkers base covers.
360 °It’s fun to master a 360° ground spin if you start out slowly. Bring both hands down to your left hip. Then swing your arms and upper body to the right, shifting your weight to the toe of your right foot.
Catch AIRAll you need is a jump and a little guts. When you get to the lip of the jump, lift your heels toward your tail. Land with your right knee bent, your right foot in front of your body, and your left leg extended behind you for support.
Skating backwards is a great way to see where you have been. Start with your tail facing downhill. Standing on your toes, take a half step back with your right foot to get the momentum going. Keep your heels in the air and most of your weight on the toe of your leading foot. For stability, line your skates up like a slalom water ski.
"YOU CAN ALWAYS TEACH A SLED DOG NEW TRICKS"
Warning! You must exercise good judgement and common sense when using Sled Dogs snow skates. You should always wear protective clothes and a helmet when jumping with Sled Dogs.