New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) and Eastern Mass Cross Country (EMXC) recently collaborated with Youth Enrichment Services (YES) to offer a roller skiing clinic.
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.
“YES youth and teens were such an energetic, resilient, and fun group to roller ski with,” said Kait Miller, Youth & Introductory Program Director at NENSA. “I’ve worked with many young people new to the sport both on skis and roller skis, and I can without a doubt say I’ve never seen a group pick themselves up off the ground with such positive attitudes as YES youth!”
21 youth and teens from YES participated. The clinic 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.
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.