Roller Ski News November 03, 2006


In one week it's turned from summer to winter. The snow's arrived in Norway, the central heating's on again and thoughts are again turning to the winter ahead.


We welcome Alan Eason to our course lineup this weekend. Freshly back from glacier training in Austria, Alan will be bringing some of his expertise to Hyde Park, taking skiers who have the basics of classic and skating, to the next level.




We have a 4-week skating course beginning 11th September, the last of 2006. See


Our intermediate / advanced courses with Alan Eason start this weekend, still a small number of places available. See





Why not join us for a refresher class in Hyde Park or Richmond Park this weekend? It looks set to be excellent, crisp winter conditions


Book on





Our Dorney day on 19th November is now completely booked up. We have places left on our 10th December course, and I have just added another Dorney date for 26th November.


In the New Year, we hope to add another venue, Dunsfold Park near Guildford in Surrey. This is a privately owned airfield with some very good tarmac, and is the home of the Top Gear BBC TV programme. Its owner is himself a keen rollerskier, and very keen to welcome us along.





Our trips, I'm glad to say, are filling up. There are only a few places remaining now on the Norway trip, and the Italy trip has taken a few bookings.


I've added a brief profile of Andy Klimacki, who will be classic instructor on the Norway trip, to the web page, - there is a 'You Tube' link which features Andy in another guise, as shooting and running coach to a nationally successful tetrathlon team.


The snow arrived in Sjusjoen this week - you can visit the webcam to have a look -




We're still looking for volunteers to take part in the opening press day of National Ski & Snowboard Week on 12th November. Let me know if you can make it we've got to be on the Mall outside the Carlton House Terrace steps at 1.45, meet at the normal Hyde Park carpark 1pm. Press arrive 2pm. Should be a good tour.


See for more information on the week.





Balance is somewhat useful in cross-country skiing. Well, it's essential really. A quick way to build up balance, control and ankle strength which is often the `missing link' when you start skiing from other sports is to use a `balance cushion'.


There are lots of people selling these, and they make an excellent investment or early Christmas present. A good selection is on sale at





If you switch on to the BBC children's show Blue Peter on Monday afternoon may see a few rollerskiers among the children's 'conga'. Watch out for them if you can!





I've put up a profile of newly qualified instructor, Laura Long


We've recently had a delivery of new Swix Alulite poles. This season they're blue with cork handles -





a good one on classic -

interesting skate 1 exercise -

NB the Americans use different skating terms from Snowsport England

Skate 1 = V1

Skate 2 = V2

Skate 3 = V2 alternate

report on opening ski race of 2006/7 Season in Dusseldorf GER



Good rollerskiing and hope to see you soon!






Iain Ballentine


Roller ski instruction & cross-country skiing





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