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08-08-2006, 01:57 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: North Shore, MA
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Snowplow...you ever ski? It's pretty much turning your toes inward and sorta plow the snow/ice until you stop. It's kinda like the wedge/triangle/plow stop when you ski.
What he said. IMO the snowplow stop shouldn't be used if you're skating at top speed -- it's a bit awkward and more difficult to keep your balance. But it's fine if you're in a slow glide. Be sure to bend your knees and waist -- like you're going to sit in a chair. It will help you to absorb some of your forward momentum.
For the typical "hockey stop" where you twist your body and kick up a spray of snow, here are a few tips:
Make sure that you're skating fast enough to stop (sounds weird, doesn't it?).
When you turn your body you need to be going fast enough that your skate blades shave a layer of ice once they've dug in. Skate at about half speed and glide just before you decide to stop.
When you twist your body it's a quick, decisive 90-degree turn from your feet to your shoulders.
Pivot on the ball of your feet.
If you're turning to the left, when you've stopped your right foot should be kicked out to the right (bracing you from going forward) and your left should be under your body to support you.
Hope that helps. If you've got a linoleum floor at home you can actually practice this in your stocking feet. Only difference in doing this on ice is the angle of that outside foot. If it's not angled enough it will dig into the ice rather than shaving it and you'll fall over -- your feet stop short while the top half of you keeps going forward.
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