New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) and Eastern Mass Cross Country (EMXC) recently offered Youth Enrichment Services (YES) young people offer a roller skiing clinic. This is the second year NENSA and EMXC have collaborated to offer YES youth this clinic, which was intended as a dry-land preparation for the upcoming winter season in the YES Operation SnowSports program which includes downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowboarding.
Roller skiing is an off-snow equivalent to cross-country skiing. Roller skis have wheels on their ends and are used on a hard surface to emulate cross-country skiing. The skiing techniques used are very similar to techniques used in cross-country skiing on snow.
Volunteer coaches from YES and EMXC taught young people fundamentals of roller skiing while creating challenges with ramps, an obstacle course, and a game of roller ski hockey.
About NENSA: New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) promotes the culture of cross-country skiing by creating opportunities for youth, athletes, coaches, officials and skiers of all levels. NENSA provides the support structure necessary to bring cross-country skiers to their highest potential at regional, national and international events.