Top level figure skaters say that Sled Dogs gives them a new training ground, which is much more forgiving than ice. Anne Cecilie Leite, a previous Norwegian & Nordic Champion in figure skating and her daughter Sine Marie Leite, now a Junior Norwegian champion in figure skating, both agree that Sled Dogs is fantastic for figure skaters around the world.
They say this: “You can skate down ski slopes with plenty of momentum. The Snowskates makes it easier to do tricks, since the bases under the skates are very short, similar to figure skates.You get a similar feeling as skating on ice, just that it is on snow. It is easy to use your balance and bodyweight to turn. You use normal skating movements to get up to speed, again just as on ice skates. Easy to do tricks when you do not have to drag the whole ski in the air or in the snow.”
Sled Dogs Snowskates do not require *perfect* slope conditions – first-time users will be surprised just how tolerant the equipment is – rather Sled Dogs simply need the typical conditions at a managed slope:
hardpacked and groomed.
It is really easy to use Sled Dogs on skilifts, a lot easier than using them with a snowboard or skis. It’s just important to remember Sled Dogs have a base and glide – so glide, don’t walk!
Sled Dogs have steel edges (similar to skis and snowboard) that grip well in icy conditions and keep you in control.
In very icy conditions the advice is the same as for skis and snowboard:
recommended only at advanced level for those who know how to use the edges and have maintained a sharp edge.
What are the limitations?
Having listed the good points of having super-short bases (easier to learn, balance, control, turn, stop, fall safely, and step) it is only fair to be clear about the downsides:
• With a reduced surface area to the snow, Sled Dogs Snowskates do not work off-piste.
• When the snow is especially soft/warm eg. at the end of season, Sled Dogs are not recommended.