One of the first questions we get at our clinics is how do i stop!
Now there are a few options but some are safer than others :)
Tradition braking techniques like V step or snow plow are most commonly used by skiers around the world but there are new accessories on the market helping us to slow down or stop safer and faster.
We teach the traditional form of stopping at all of our clinics, as it should be part of everyone basic skills set but Roller ski brakes are more common now and it does make stopping easier and safer. Most brands are fitted onto the ski and you engage the brake with your calve. By pushing the ski forward your calve will engage the brake on top of the wheel.
Cross Skates / Skike have fixed brakes one one or both skates. The system is almost the same and very effective.
The most advanced brake system is by Rollersafe, electronic disc brakes engaged by a trigger on the poles. https://www.myrollersafe.com/
The other option are speed reducers, they are designed for increasing resistance while skiing ( simulate heavy snow or hills) but can also help reduce speed when descending. They are not intended as a safety product and long downhills can increase the wear on the tire.
Most models are very light and do not change the balance or feel when skiing, find below a list of brands and brakes. Note that brakes do need space on the frame so ensure you fit the bindings not too close to the back before fitting the brakes.
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