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Keep Your Ski Game Strong This Off-season

Robin Terry in Annecy, France
Robin Terry in Annecy, France

When the snow melts and the asphalt appears, more and more skiers are reaching for K2 inline skates to keep their legs fit and technique on lock.  K2 Skates pro Juan Mosqueda fills you in on technique to get you started, and we’ve complied the best K2 skates to keep your ski game strong and mental game sharp.

Pro Tips from K2 Ambassador Juan Mosqueda

Juan Ripping Fakie
Juan Ripping Fakie

First you must realize you have to really learn to skate in order to really take advantage of the fitness aspect of skating.  Like skiers who work countless hours on ski technique, you need to learn all the basics so you can really focus on your form, and get what you need out of your skates.  And you’re not feeling like your skates are taking you for a ride.

Take your time learning how to skate.  I was about ten years old when I started skating.  Back then it was all about having fun.  We skated so much; playing tag, racing, bombing hills. We skated so much that our skates became extensions of our minds through our feet.

As adults its super easy to rush things, get frustrated and quit to revert to our old ways because its easier, but deep down its not what we want.

Marathon skates are great when you want to train for long distance activities like ski touring.
Marathon skates are great when you want to train for long distance activities like ski touring.
#1 Take your time and have fun with it.

This is a zero pressure activity 😉 .  Give yourself a break and realize its totally cool to take YOUR time learning.  I promise you if you do this, you won’t fail and will be so stoked as to how good you will get at skating. Just put it the time and learn at your pace.

Cross-Training Skates offer a great balance for ripping trails and keeping your core and legs strong.
Cross-Training Skates offer a great balance for ripping trails and keeping your core and legs strong.
#2 Get properly fitted for your skates.

This is probably the most important factor for the long term. When you begin to skate you might get cramps, pressure points, and over all soreness. You are working muscles in a whole new way and this is totally normal and will go away as your skates break in and you get used to them.

However just like ski boots, if they do not fit properly, these ailments might never go away. Take your time trying them on, wear them in the shop or indoors for as long as you can. Take out the insoles and SEE how they fit your feet. Most shoes I wear a 10 size shoe. K2’s have such a precise fit and design my skates are 9.5. Smaller skates means less weight. and I love that.

The K2 Sodo is an excellent skate for freeride skiers; it's big wheels and rockered frame creates the perfect balance of stability and agility.
The K2 Sodo is an excellent skate for freeride skiers; it’s big wheels and rockered frame creates the perfect balance of stability and agility.
#3 Lessons and watch videos

Ask your skate shop, check Craigslist, and YouTube.

Get some insight, some direction.  No need to do it alone.  Skating is so much more fun with other skaters.  I have yet to meet a skater who has not been more than happy to help out a new skater.  Look into it.

K2 Pro Richard Williams is an awesome role model and has helped countless skaters get into the sport.
K2 Ambassador Richard Williams is an awesome role model and has helped countless skaters get into the sport.
#4 Schedule that skate time, and stick to the plan.

Only time will get you to where you want to be.  Find a chill spot to learn, take some music, a friend, and have fun! Set some goals and shred it!
K2 ripper Erik Bill knows a thing or two about finding sick spots, having a good time with friends and enjoying skating to the fullest!

Now that K2 pro Juan Mosqueda has schooled you on the best approach, follow this link to look at our Buyer’s Guide.  It will let you know everything you need to get in the game. Also, don’t miss our tips to Get Ready for Summer Skating and Guide to Staying Safe.  Both will make skating the best part of your summer.