Is there something that is slippery on grass?

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Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby JeffOYB » Thu Mar 16, 2017 11:37 am

Could a grass ski be made?
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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby Pat » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:30 am

I have wondered if you could get decent training done on old skis using them on the grass. I never have gotten an answer if people train that way. Any thoughts?

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Mon Mar 20, 2017 12:07 pm

Pat wrote:I have wondered if you could get decent training done on old skis using them on the grass. I never have gotten an answer if people train that way. Any thoughts?

In Russia some decades ago they trained on grass with regular skis. Maybe a little wider skis are preferable and I presume that if the grass is wet it allows the skis to glide better.

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby dcpattie » Tue Mar 21, 2017 5:21 pm

what about just using Catskis?
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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby Pat » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:56 am

Dave -- I think Jeff is pretty familiar with the

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby Pat » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:06 am

Well -- pushed the wrong button.. sorry about that. Yeah my CAT skis worked well on dry grass. Not so hot on wet grass or if it was freshly mowed -- but definitely worked well on the right grass surface. They worked great on artificial turf.

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby skiffrace » Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:19 am

I suppose you could cover the bottom of the skis with teflon, and you might get some glide on grass...or maybe not.
[someone, please try it at home.. go to TAP Plastics or similar store, buy a length of teflon and attach it to the bottom of old skis with ddouble-sided carpet tape...]
Even if you managed to get some glide, there is no mechanism to prevent backward slide of the skis, so you'd be limited to skating or double pole only.
Also, the slippery surface would wear out very fast.
However, how about a ski with lots of tiny ball bearings somehow attached to the bottom and allowed to rotate freely...
This would produce ski that moves on ANY dry surface

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby dcpattie » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:26 am

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:44 am

dcpattie wrote:I found this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWCW7bIDQXc

Thanks, Dave. Grass skiing is apparently not totally obsolete, but here they only run uphill and walk downhill without any gliding. It is probably good balance training.

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby MN Hoser » Sun Mar 26, 2017 6:59 am

That looks like bounding, which can be done without skis, but the skis add they "you're crazy" factor.
:lol:
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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby skiffrace » Sun Mar 26, 2017 9:07 am

The video is interesting and fun to watch, and the comment by MN Hoser is spot-on.
Grass is nice, but grass perfect enough to ski on is hard to find.
I think we should rephrase the question to "what kind of equipment would work to simulate x-country skiing on a broad range of surfaces"
BTW: I decided that Cat Skis do not meet this requirement after all. Contrary to their marketing claim, the do not work on uneven surfaces, and are not as pleasant to use as snow/roller skis. After 30-40 minutes they become pain in the a@!#$.

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby dcpattie » Sun Mar 26, 2017 4:57 pm

What skis would be best for this? Classic obviously but waxless with fish scales?
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Re: Is there something that is slippery on grass?

Postby Magnus Johansson » Mon Mar 27, 2017 1:25 am

dcpattie wrote:What skis would be best for this? Classic obviously but waxless with fish scales?

Interesting question. Maybe hairies would do for most conditions.


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