Pace and rhythm in walking and skiing

  • Climbing and descending
  • Skiing
  • Rest stops
  • Rhythm and pace

We must learn how to walk and ski efficiently. Developing a rhythmical and harmonious pattern of movement is the key to being able to perform the skill over a long period of time, as required when bushwalking and skiing. When walking, smooth rhythmical steps of an even length, using the natural swing of the legs and arms is the most energy-efficient technique, and enables the length of the step to be adjusted to suit the terrain. For skiing it is worth taking time to learn basic skills properly so that you ski more efficiently and use less energy to travel the same distance.