You may have noticed that Skis.com now carries inline skates…lots of inline skates. We have a downright comprehensive selection that caters to any style, discipline and price point. It’s that good. As you know from our selection of winter gear, when it comes to stocking quality hard goods, we do it right. Now, why, you ask, should a skier care about inline skates? Put simply, inlines will make you ski better.
1. Inline skates build endurance and make the off-season work for you
For any skier, from the vet who counts time on snow in months and not days, to the comfortable intermediate who gets a couple glorious long weekends on the hill every season, inline skates have a big roll to play in helping you reach your goals on the hill by skiing longer with less fatigue.
Working inline skating into your off-season routine will help you ski safer, with less stiffness the next morning, ski day after ski day. Unfortunately, most of us have a longer season without snow on the ground than with it. With inlines, you don’t have to waste those days between winters, and you can turn them into an opportunity to build up the endurance you need for a full day on the mountain. Every day on skates helps build that fitness base, so it’s there when you need it and the snow falls. For perspective, if you get ten ski days a year, you’re probably skiing about fifty hours a season. If you skate two times a week, for an hour a session, six months of the year, you’ll have logged a ski season’s worth of hours targeting the muscles you ski with before the season even begins. You’ll know you can ski all day when it counts because you’ve already put the hours in.
2. Inlines improve strength and fitness in the muscles skiers use most
The gym is an intimidating place, especially if you’re not a frequent user or if you don’t have a background in strength training. Staring down rows of weight machines drenched in dude sweat and other assorted funks, where to begin to become a better, fitter skier is a mystery without the help of a professional trainer. But, training on a set of inlines will make you stronger and fitter for ski season in the places you need to be a better skier, and you can’t do it wrong. Just skate, that’s it.
Skiing, man’s greatest invention, requires a pretty unique blend of physical acumen. Skiing is aerobic, anaerobic, and demands core strength. It can be difficult to design a workout to improve your skiing. Fortunately, inline skating is both aerobic and anaerobic. For aerobic fitness, a person out for an average hour-long inline skate will burn over 500 calories. To put it in perspective, that’s about 200 calories an hour less than running…but with 50% less impact on the joints. As skiers, knees are everything to us. Some of our knees are held together by duct-tape, ibuprofen, and a shot of Jameson. Inline skating will get the cardio up without putting the knees down.
Inline skating builds anaerobic muscle in the hips, thighs, and butt. It’s no coincidence those are the same muscles that scream at you after a long day on the hill. The natural stride of skating packs the double workout punch of a push/pull motion. The same muscles you use to stride skates, you’ll use to weight an edge on your skis, un-weight and pull your skis to neutral, then push down again and stand on your new edge. The gym has a place for skiers who want to improve, but inlines offer a complete training package for the skier, and all you have to do is go for a skate, no machines of complex routines necessary.