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About roller skiing

LRNSC roller ski class - photo Andy Thompson, Sport England"There's no snow, where do you ski in England? " "It doesn't matter, we roller ski."

Rollerskiing is the perfect introduction to the nordic skiing as well as fantastic cross training for any endurance based sport.  Like cross country skiing, it's the most effective full body workout you can get.  It exercises each major muscle group without the impact associated with running.

Roller skiing is similar to rollerblading with the added help of poles to push you along.  As in cross country skiing, you can learn two techniques - classic and skating.

It builds balance, coordination and strength.  It can also help those preparing for Alpine skiing, given the muscle groups it exercises.

Roller skiing is also a competitive sport - from Club roller ski races throughout the UK to the FIS Rollerski World Cup series.

Where can you roller ski?

  • Most roller skiing takes place on tarmac surfaces in parks and on quiet roads although you can also buy special kit for rough tracks or off road use.
  • LRNSC members roller ski at the Club's main base at Hillingdon Cycle Circuit plus there is a keen group near Aldershot.  Richmond Park is also popular for personal training.
  • There's a useful Rollerski Directory that lists roller ski venues throughout the country.

Roller ski equipment

  • Roller ski & boot - photo Andy Thompson, Sport EnglandYou need poles that have special tarmac-resistant tungsten tips and no baskets.
  • Roller skis are around 70cm long, either metal or a compound, with two large wheels on each end.
  • Wheels come in different sizes and materials to create slower skis for beginners and training or faster skis for racing.
  • Wide wheels are used for classic skiing and thinner wheels for skate skiing
  • The boots and bindings are the same as you use with cross country track skis. 
  • You can also get specific lighter weight roller ski boots for summer skiing.

LRNSC courses include equipment hire and you can also hire kit for personal training at our Hillingdon sessions.

If you want to buy your own kit check out our links to suppliers.

Find out about our autumn roller ski tasters, and courses for for beginners and improvers.