Ski Bounding or Roller Skiing, Which is Better?

Is ski bounding becoming a lost art?  With the online coverage of events like the Climb to the Castle, and websites that devote significant coverage to roller skiing, perhaps roller skiing is simply more visible than bounding these days.  And while there are plenty of bounding videos available, the idea of a ski bounding race is, uh, less than attractive.  If you’re not already doing so, Karl Saidla makes a compelling  argument for incorporating bounding into your training, and he’s got good technique cues.

Bounding at Whiteface Mountain, Lake Placid:

Many of us don’t have access to a multi-kilometer ski area fire road like the one in the video.  Not to worry. While a two-kilometer climb is a great asset, a decent climb on a dirt road or grassy hill will do just fine.  Roy Selland used to ski bound a steep, short section of Snake Hill Road at Lake Denmark.  Ten 30-second repeats on that segment pulled my cork.  Roy used to do 50 back in the day.

I’m not suggesting that ski bounding should replace classic roller skiing.  But it can be a valuable part of your training regimen.

Your editor is guilty of not paying enough attention to roller ski maintenance.  In this short post, the Callaghan Valley Training Centre shares guidelines to care for roller skis for trouble-free training.