Learn the basics of skating and classic rollerski technique at Dorney Lake near Windsor. Or join our Level 2 intermediate group to improve, or transfer advanced skills from snow to roller skis.
Dorney Lake is a beautiful venue in peaceful surroundings, with 10k of beautifully smooth tarmac tracks for us to ski on. As with all our instruction, the emphasis is on teaching with cross-country skiing in mind, so you can ski better on snow, and enjoy the thrills of cross-country skiing, ski touring and cross country ski racing all the more.
We have courses throughout the year, you can find upcoming course dates and booking details below.
We meet in the main carpark, on the left before you get to the boathouse.
Postcode - SL4 6QP, directions here
Parking - free if on course (ignore machines)
Toilets in main boathouse building
Snacks available at Dorney Court garden centre at end of driveway
Nearest Train: Windsor / Taplow. If coming from Windsor, cross over to Eton and cycle or get a taxi from there, it is much closer.
DORNEY 1-day rollerski course: including equipment - £87
* On Sunday 16th September and 18th November, we will be doing the course at Ascot, rather than Dorney, more information here.
The beginners' course takes you through the basics of both skating and classic rollerski technique. We help you to develop good balance on rollerskis, and for beginners we go through the basic 'gears' of classic and skating techniques.
The skating part of the day takes you through the essential elements of the three skating 'gears' - skate 1, skate 2 and skate 3 as well as stopping and turning. On classic you will go through the gears of diagonal stride, kick double pole and double poling. We work hard to develop good balance and body positions, with a number of drills and exercises. After the course, beginners can potentially do a Level 2 course or join our 'Team Dorney' training group or other more local cross-country ski clubs.
Our Level 2 course will focus on refining technique, and we bring in a lot more exercises for developing technique, on skating and classic rollerskis. These courses are suitable for recreational and racing skiers interested in advancing technically, and often we combine the Level 2 group with our Team Dorney group.
For beginners, we assume zero previous knowledge or ski experience, but you should have reasonable fitness and balance. If you have any questions, please get in touch.
The course is from 10.00-16.00 and you can start to get the equipment from 09.50. Sandwiches and snacks are included. We meet in the main carpark by our 'rollerski van'. You can also sign up to just part of the day here.
Before you come -
Please bring gloves with you, and a filled in Safety Questionnaire (if you don't have a printer don't worry, we have spares).