Sled Dogs are excellent for hockey players
Andréj Lavrov, Skills Coach 2013-2016 Red Bull Salzburg, 2016 Russia National Team was the quickest from the ice hockey world who discovered the Sled Dogs Snowskates. He needed a secret weapon for the training to the Red Bull Crashed Ice series. Well, it is hard to keep a secret if anybody who sees you “skiing without skis” at very high speed while doing jumps. They are going to stop you and ask many questions about it. It’s like an avalanche: now more than 20 Red Bull athletes are in the Top Dogs team.
The Sled Dogs team had a great time in Kaprun last year with Andrei, so it must have been repeated. Taking the advantage of the opportunity we made a short interview with him because we were curious about why he loves the snowskates so much as an ice hockey coach and a Red Bull ice cross downhill competitor.
The most important thing he mentioned is that snowskates are an excellent equipment to learn how to stride correctly with ice skates. You can only use the right technique on Sled Dogs, because if you put weight to much on the toe of the skate, it goes down into the snow and stops you. So first you have to find a proper balance position, then you have to push your feet absolutely sideways to move, which takes a lot of time to learn it perfectly on the ice skates because it tolerates the incorrect technique but soft snow will higlight your mistakes.
Accordingly you can learn it quickly and automatically with Sled Dogs instead of burning a lot time and energy on it simply because you are going downhill. Furthermore the snow gives you a lot of new options to improve general skating skills, balance and stamina while having fun (and falling down on the snow is soft and fun it’s not asphalt or ice)!
Yes, Sled Dogs are a big fun! They give you absolute freedom and not just on the slopes, but anywhere there is good snow. Ice hockey players can use them immediately, just find a right balance because you will be moving downhill. That’s all! After just a short time it is a great feeling to skate down the slopes so fast, doing spins and jumps. Many players said that they saw the meaning of snow for the first time… but you should be prepared! In your 100 meters’ distance everybody will watch what you are doing because skating with Sled Dogs looks very unique and nice!
Now it’s time to check out the video!