- Relax your shoulders, neck and face… or as much muscles as you can. Save your energy.
- Experiment with variety of strides on variety of angles.
- Good kick-turns technique allows for short moments of recovery. They add up.
- Have spare skins always handy, not in your backpack, at least one.
- If you estimate a race will take you more than 2h do not skip on fueling. Unless you feel like God that day.
- It doesn’t have to look pretty, just fast.
- Longer traverses between turns allow for more rest.
- Don’t just blindly follow racers in front of you. They might be skiing off course… and you with them.
- If you think you skied off the course immediately start traversing the slope in both directions and look for flags below as well as above.
- There is no shame in using a snow plow to get things done occasionally. After all, it is ski mountaineer’s best friend.
Some lessons need to be gained through personal experience; otherwise, they are highly underestimated 😉
Michael Hagen says
Nice tips! I would add:
– Practice transitions (and boot packs) on every outing.
– Groomers are fine for interval training, but get off-piste as much as possible. Practice kick turns a lot! Practice climbing on soft snow through the woods, traversing sun glaze, etc.