Steve is a longtime Trakkers member and a dedicated ski instructor for many years. He shares his advices based on observing and teaching beginner skiers. Cross-country skiing is an accessible winter sport and a few tricks makes a big difference to enjoy the glide.
When I teach beginner skiers the diagonal stride with poles, a common problem is that students tend to be too upright such that there is little balance over the glide ski, and the timing of the pole action with the skis is off. Many isolated exercises can be used to try to correct this, but the best method I find that makes a big difference early on is to emphasize putting the poles on correctly and gripping the pole handle between the thumb and forefinger. Then it is possible to fully extend the pole backward in a straight line with the arm by opening the hand and pushing on the strap. The action can be demonstrated statically with the student by grasping the student’s pole and moving it through the extension and recovery cycle. The straight back extension does these things:
The opposing force on the upper body naturally projects it forward over the glide ski.
Weight transfer is more complete.
Timing of the pole action with the skis is smoother and rhythmic.
Correct poling action, timing, balance and posture are learned at the beginning and committed to motor muscle memory. It is much more difficult to modify motor muscle memory later if the student develops bad habits.
Niki has been a Trakkers member for a number of years and is a first-time bus captain volunteer!
After years of participating in events and Sunday ski trips, I decided to try my hand at contributing to Trakkers Ski Club through bus captaining duties. The January 6th Sunday ski trip was my first go at the role so I decided to make a post-ski treat for everyone on my bus pre-post-ski-nap. I ended up making a nice healthy no-bake energy ball recipe. I can’t take credit for the recipe though, that entirely goes to Dinner Mom. For all those who asked, here is the recipe below:
Chocolate Date Balls are sweetened with medjool date paste so they’re free from refined sugar. Easy, no-bake, vegan recipe with just 6 ingredients! Total Time: 15 mins Servings: 224 balls Calories: 74kcal
8 medjool dates pits removed
1 cup uncooked old fashioned oatmeal
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup almond butter or your favorite nut butter
Fill a glass container with very hot water. (I heat about 2 cups in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes.)
Add dates to water, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 5-10 minutes. This softens the dates and makes them easier to puree. It’s not necessary if the dates are very soft.
Remove dates from water and place in a small food processor along with 1 Tablespoon of water that the dates soaked in.
Pulse until smooth, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add additional water to thin the consistency of the paste, if desired.
Set date “paste” aside.
Combine oatmeal, cocoa powder and coconut flakes in a medium sized bowl.
Add date paste, vanilla extract and almond butter to the dry mixture.