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what is it

The idea is to add a leg-push to the double-pole push. 

First push with one leg back against one ski (the "kick"), and at exactly the same time bring both arms up and forward to get ready to do a double-pole push.  

Second, start gliding on both skis.  

Third, do a double-pole push, and keep gliding on both skis.  

Then start the next kick-double-pole by pushing again with the leg (the other leg or the same one -- it's not important which). 

For lots more details, see phases of the stroke-cycle.

what for 

Often used for flat terrain or gentle uphills. 

A fun and useful motion that more skiers should try out, and find opportunities to use more often. 


(a) Better glide than classic stride because the skier's weight is spread between the two skis; 

(b) Better grip than classic stride (when classic stride technique is done without extra up-and-down motion), because the upward recovery of the arms during the leg-push "kick" causes an opposite reaction down-force on the ski; 

(c) Makes good use of the abdominal muscles; 

(d) Better use of leg muscles than pure double pole

(e) Easier to learn than classic stride.  


(a) Recovering up to the start position takes a lot of time and effort, so when going up hills you lose too much momentum in between pushes.  

(b) Very high speeds:  The ski must match speed with the snow surface before the leg can push off it -- which forces the leg-push to be very short and quick at higher speeds (that's when it feels like a "kick").  If you try to compensate by raising the force intensity, you often exceed your ski's grip friction, so it slips.  


(a) the key thing lots of people miss is the kick.  Because they do not get the grip they need for a real leg-push.  If you don't have grip, then all you get is a snappy Double Pole with a longer reach.  

Every trick under the Balance and Weight Commitment "secret" applies to Kick Double Pole.  And don't forget the Exploiting the Wax Pocket "secret"

Key points are:  

  • Transfer all weight to the kick leg just before you push with it. 
  • Press the toe as you initiate the kick. 

(b) Make the kick at the same time as the upward motion of your recovering arms.  

Perhaps even sharpen that upward arm-recovery motion, so there is additional reactive down-force on the grip zone. 

(c) Spread your weight across both skis for best glide.  Focus all weight on one ski for best grip. 

(d) see more on the Learning program page


To get a longer effective leg-push:  Just before the leg-push, advance the leg-push ski forward, about a boot-length ahead of the other ski.

If you push several times in a row with the same leg, you can use the natural momentum from recovering the leg forward to advance it in front.  On the other hand, alternating legs allows more rest time between for each leg between its successive strokes.  One compromise approach is to switch legs after every five pushes.

usage zone 

When the hill is too steep and it takes too much arm strength to keep up momentum, switch to classic stride

When you're going so fast that you don't want to wait for your ski to slow down enough so you can get an effective leg push, switch to pure double pole

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