Backwards Roller Skiing

Backwards skiing can be done on skis or roller skis. It’s a little easier on roller skis because they are shorter. The stance is similar to the snowplow stance – feet wide, knees bent and skis in a V-shape.. Shift your weight from ski to ski, then shift and step from ski to ski.

Credits: This course was produced in partnership with Cross Country Canada Ski de Fond (CCC) and was filmed spring 2017 at the Canmore Nordic Centre.

Coach: Mike Vieira. At the time of recording Mike was Manager, Coaching Development, CCC.

Athlete: Dominique Moncion-Groulx, born 1993, racing with the Alberta World Cup Academy. Notable results at the time of recording:

  • 1st (qualifier and heats), 2017 Canadian Eastern Championships, Classic sprint
  • 1st qualifier, 3rd heats, 2017 Canadian Westerns Championships, Skate sprint
  • 3rd 2016-2017 Buff Sprint NorAm series
  • 5th 2016-2017 Haywood NorAm series
  • Representing Québec at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George and winning a silver medal in the relay