The basic concern for beginners is to feel in control and be safe. Immediately upon trying Sled Dogs Snowskates, beginners realize the freedom of movement – easy to walk, take steps and correct balance. Not only is fall frequency reduced as a result, but fall severity is significantly lower than with other snow sports. Falls are significantly more controlled due to the freedom and ability of each leg to move independently and without cumbersome equipment getting tangled up and hindering a soft landing. Sled Dogs stay safely secured to you, getting up and regaining your balance is also easier. Reduced risk means improved confidence!
The biggest draw is that Sled Dogs Snowskates are very social and fun. In this way it’s a bit like how bouldering compares to multi-pitch climbing: less gear; more convivial. Because the Snowskates are no longer than the boot, there is no tangle of skis (a common problem for beginners and in queues for lifts) and users can ride and stand closer together. Absolute beginners to snow first need to get used to how snow works. It will involve some effort, but within ½ day most Sled Dogs beginners are taking on simple slopes with great confidence, with little or no teaching required. After 2-3 visits, most beginners are pretty much proficient.
Safety is especially important for women and this is what women tell us. With Sled Dogs Snowskates women feel in control and safe, because from the first step, Sled Dogs are easy to stop and turn. Women say they are not afraid of the black slope anymore, since with Sled Dogs, turning is easier. Some experienced women skiers also say that they had stopped coming to ski slopes, citing age concerns, but with Sled Dogs they got their confidence back and returned to the ski slope.
Because Sled Dogs give confidence and fast results, users quickly develop the drive to improve. Many people find skiing and snowboard a big barrier to overcome and simply never go to a ski slope, or give up after a disappointing first visit. Sled Dogs can help these people to the slope. In the future they may be masters of Sled Dogs or they do others ski sports or a combination of several. The beauty of Sled Dogs – and why we say it is part of evolution is that it has something immediate to offer to different profiles.
It is easy to learn but hard to master. This makes it accessible for total beginners and people who never dared to go to a skislope, while it also appeals to top athletes wanting to focus on certain aspects of fitness and new challenges.
Without a doubt we can say Sled Dogs Snowskates are the easiest snow slope equipment to learn and control available.
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.