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Old December 15th 07, 09:49 PM posted to rec.skiing.nordic
Oskar K
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Default Skate skis vs classic skis?

Skate skis are ususaly a bit shorter than the classic skis. And that's
about it when it comes to differences. Well, the tip/front of classic
skis is pointing up more than the skate onces since skate skis are
ought to be used where there's been a snowmobile packing it up first.

So since they have the same width they will also dig down in the snow.

I think maybe you should get tour skis? a bit wider and sometimes with
steel edges so that plowing will be easier. Tehy will float a little
bit better ontop of the snow too. The only downside is that they weight
more than normal skis

maybe something like these:


On 2007-12-15 19:55:43 +0100, skijornovice said:


Novice level skiier here, wondering about the differences between
skate skis vs. classic skis.

I've only ever had classic skis and have recently taken up the sport
of skijorijng (my dogs run in harness in front and pull me while I ski
- or try to ski - behind). With classic skis, I find it's too hard to
ski classic-style at the higher speed we travel at with the dogs
pulling, so I end up only poling, and corners are very tricky. My
understanding is that ideally in skijoring you're supposed to skate
ski, but this seems hard to do on classic skiis while being pulled at

Do skate skiis offer more control for higher speed turns? Are they
more effective for snowplowing to stop? Are they less likely to get
"caught" in the occasional deeper patches of snow?

I'm very appreciative of any advice/tips anyone can offer on this