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by Ken Roberts
Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why are skate poles longer?
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

Re: Why are skate poles longer?

Sorry ... 9 minutes of video is too much for me to sit through. Anyway the fact that some pro racer can sustain a 90-degree knee bend ("butt down in the bucket", the American coaches used to call that) when skating up a steep hill ... Doesn't mean that the rest of us mortals can skate that...
by Ken Roberts
Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Why are skate poles longer?
Replies: 12
Views: 3395

Re: Why are skate poles longer?

... a shorter pole is better for uphills since you can utilize your arms, core and legs to their full potential all at once. Yes I think this is the fundamental reason for shorter poles for Classic. Because the most critical segments of most courses is climbing up steep hills, and for Classic strid...
by Ken Roberts
Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:36 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Easiest area to make the biggest gains in XC?
Replies: 68
Views: 15694

Re: Easiest area to make the biggest gains in XC?

I'd guess for most people who have been working on going fast for a while, serious to the point of getting some coaching, would be turnover frequency and range of motion in their Back-extension That is, lifting the weight of the shoulders + head + upper torso up into the starting position for the ne...
by Ken Roberts
Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:27 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Kaiserwinkl - Kössen more

Got to ski lots more at Koessen today. It was pretty fun. Some quick notes ... Kaiserwinkl trail (25km) was my main focus. Some climbs not too long, some fun curvy descents, lots of big views, much gentle or flat, some moderate uphills but nothing super-steep -- about the best 25km for my style of s...
by Ken Roberts
Fri Jan 27, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Re: Ruhpolding area

I skied there illegally, partly unknowlingly . . . maybe 2-3km of it . . . not itty bitty steep uphills. Huge walls of snow. Yes I guess that's how new competition courses are nowadays. The older biathlon courses were kind of fun for me. Perhaps the new ones are just too much for me to be able to e...
by Ken Roberts
Wed Jan 25, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Hochberg is groomed

Checked Hochberg and found that they had enough snow to groom, so I skated all around and had a very fun time (again). Enjoyed skating the variety of gentle-to-moderate hills and flat sections, views of open fields separated by woods, distant mountains, the little chapel. A few icy sections, not sur...
by Ken Roberts
Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

St Ulrich am Pillersee

Got back another day to skate most of the trails around Sankt Ulrich at the south end of the Pillersee lake. Pleasant pretty area. Main valley is fairly flat, surrounded by mountains. Most of the trails are rather gentle -- nice for skating lots of distance without working too hard. A couple of trai...
by Ken Roberts
Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:57 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Pillersee area - more places

Sharon + I drove around to some other villages + langlauf access points on our way back to the A12 after skiing. We'd be glad to hear about some more experiences with these places, or others nearby - (which can also be reached from Salzburg). St Ulrich am Pillersee: We found parking and access to so...
by Ken Roberts
Mon Jan 23, 2012 2:27 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Hochfilzen in the Pillersee area

Sharon and I drove to Hochfilzen, east of Fieberbrunn + St Johann in Tirol, had a fun time, looking forward to going back to explore more of the trails around there. We found the obvious parking (lat/long approx N47.4695 E12.619) for Europaloipe. Started by skiing east about 5km to the "Leogang...
by Ken Roberts
Sat Jan 21, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Re: Tirol + Bayern skating

Tried a different section around Koessen: around the Hochkoessen lift for downhill skiing and the village of Schwendt. I tried the Kranebittau + Lucknerhof loops, and part of the Griesenau trail. Not as nice for my style as yesterday -- more like just ordinary Austria ski trails. We parked at the ba...
by Ken Roberts
Fri Jan 20, 2012 12:17 pm
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Kaiserwinkl - Kössen

Sharon + I visited Koessen for an hour or two this afternoon and had a good time. I skated and she skied classic striding. Looking forward to going back to explore more around the Kaiserwinkl. I skied most of the Hochau loipe and the Ewigkeitswiese -- mostly rather gentle, but about as interesting a...
by Ken Roberts
Sun Jan 15, 2012 9:29 am
Forum: Europe
Topic: Tirol + Bayern skating
Replies: 11
Views: 7393

Tirol + Bayern skating

I'm going to be around Rosenheim + Innsbruck + Garmisch in a few days, so I'm looking for some interesting or pretty skating trails to explore. I'll have car, so it doesn't have to be a large trail network for staying several days in one place -- I'm happy with high-quality skiing that will last me ...
by Ken Roberts
Sun Jan 15, 2012 8:40 am
Forum: NorthEast
Topic: New York 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 2338

New York 2012

At last significant snow in the Interstate 87 corridor: 20 km reported open at Prospect Mt (actually in the southwest corner of Vermont, but so close to the NY Thruway and in the Hudson River valley -- and with a trail network interesting + fun more like NY than most VT sking -- so we've designated ...
by Ken Roberts
Sat Mar 26, 2011 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Skiing with bad kick=good technique practice?
Replies: 3
Views: 1889

I think it's great for learning what really works for getting the ski to grip. If only there were a way to calibrate the exact amount (or lack thereof) of grip friction on the base of the ski -- and set it up whenever desired, instead of waiting for the unexpected opportunity of special natural cond...
by Ken Roberts
Sat Mar 26, 2011 9:57 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Double poling and skate poling upper body timing?
Replies: 4
Views: 1950

So the whole upper body . . . builds up downward momentum prior to the poles hitting the snow, right? Yes. This is important is because (unlike the leg-push in skating) the pole-tips must be stopped on the surface of the snow in order to transmit propulsive force. If you're moving with any signific...

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