DISCLAIMER: Stepping on a high point, where the base of the roller ski touches the ground, can damage or break the roller ski. Be careful, especially if you are heavier than about 80 kg, or 175 lbs.
Tips for staying safe while roller skiing:
- Know your route. Scout out your route and note any potential hazards. Conditions can change from day to day, so always be cautious and watch out for new construction or new obstacles.
- Whenever possible, avoidance is the best way to deal with hazards.
- Coast through areas like small debris, like leaves small cracks and small twigs and stones.
- Use the staggered stance any time you need greater stability.
- Be extra cautious around tar snakes, wet leaves, wet pavement paint and heaved pavement.
- Tar snakes: Ski across them and avoid poling into them. They are even more dangerous on hot and or wet days.
- Large and dangerous obstacles: apply the breaks. Consider using your staggered stance to bail into the ditch. If safety and space allows, step turn away from the obstacle.
- If you must go through, use your staggered stance. If the shaft of the roller ski stops on the obstacle, you’ll need to step over it. You can practice this “anchoring” skill ahead of time, but be aware that roller skis are not really designed to be used this way (even though Olivia does this all the time). You may damage the skis.