Nordic Skiing Technique Tips - Diagonal Stride
- Completely move body weight from a balanced position on one ski to a balanced position over the other ski.
- Keep the recovery foot unweighted until it is just in front of the support foot.
- Balance completely over the support leg during the glide phase.
- Maintain the same forward lean of the torso throughout the stride cycle.
- At the end of the push phase, form a straight line with the push leg and torso from the shoulder to the snow.
- As the legs pass each other to begin the push phase, make sure that the hip is in front of the ankle of the support foot.
- Retrun the recovery leg forward as quickly and forcefully as possible.
- During the glide, straighten the front knee to minimize the muscular effort of the support leg.
- Preload (flex) the push leg to enhance the power of muscle contraction early in the stride.
- Work the arms with a relatively straight front-to-back motion; keep the hand at or below shoulder height in front when planting the pole.
- Follow through completely with the arms from shoulder extension at the front to pole release at the back.
- Flex the elbow joint to provide power to the first half of the poling push.
- Make precise and coodinated body movements -- given the terrain and tempo -- to ensure maximum efficiency.
These points are taken from "The Instructor's Manual for Teaching Nordic Skiing" put out by CANSI