Contact: Iain Ballentine
Call us: 020 3026 5195 or 07968 286129
Where are we?
Who are we? Our team come from the world of cross-country skiing, and collectively we have competed at various levels from ski marathons, to national championships to international competition.
Our instructors are Snowsport England qualified and have a passion for cross-country skiing and roller skiiing. See our profiles for more info on us.
On the teaching side, no previous experience is needed and we will ensure you master the basics of balance and good technique, whether or not you have skied before. Our aim is to get you skiing as well as possible and as quickly as possible. Our Club provides regular training in London.
We offer both classic and skating roller ski instruction and roller skis - the two distinctly different techniques are both worth learning..
Why? Roller skiing, just like cross-country skiing on which it is based, is great fun. You work for the uphills, and enjoy an exhilarating downhill. As a sport it can be very competitive, or quite relaxing. It is a low-impact way to get fit and lose weight and build strength. It also makes for good cross-training for other sports and is ideal preparation for cross-country skiing.
Who's it for? We have taught a whole range of people to roller ski - from juniors to pensioners, hen parties to army ski teams. We vary the approach we take depending on who we are teaching.
Where? We teach regularly in London's Hyde Park and Olympic Park. We also run 1-day courses at Dorney Lake near Windsor and Redbridge in Essex. See our venues section. We can can be booked to come and teach groups at local venues across the country (and bring our roller ski hire equipment with us). Cross-country ski clubs arrange races and training events across the country. Additionally, people can roller ski at cycle circuits, such as Hillingdon in London and on cycle tracks such as the Bristol-Bath cycleway. In addition we now run biathlon courses, combining roller skiing and shooting.
Why haven't I heard of rollerskiing before? Roller skiing remains a very niche sport . It has been around for at least seven decades, and in the 1980s 100+ people took part in a roller ski race in Battersea Park. The Princess Royal gave out the prizes. But most of the competitors were from the armed forces. Snowsport England and the various ski clubs in Great Britain have offered rollerski racing and courses for years. We try to communicate the benefits of roller skiing to a wide audience, and bring many more people into the sport.
Why cross-country skiing? Cross-country skiing is at one level the toughest, most physically challenging strength endurance sports there is. While at another level it is a gentle way of exploring beautiful Alpine or Nordic countryside in the snow. Don't think of cross-country skiing as an alternative to downhill skiing - it is better to regard it as a winter equivalent of cross-country mountain biking or trail running. You work for the uphills, enjoy the downhills, and speed through tight forest tracks, amid beautiful scenery. If you do a race, such as a ski marathon, then it becomes even more exciting. And it is accessible to anyone, just a short flight to the Alps or Scandinavia. If you can do some roller skiing, you will really make the most of what cross-country skiing has to offer.
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