Need Recreational Ice Skates? Figure Skates?
If you are learning to
ice skate, we offer several ice skating tips to help you along. We
will start with what we consider to be two of the most important ice
skating tips; learning how to fall, and how to stop - we will begin
with falling. Please see our
How to Ice Skate page for additional
ice skating tips that can help you learn how to begin skating
forwards and backwards.
Ice Skating Tips: How to
Falling down is the
single biggest risk for ice skaters. For this reason, one of the
most valuable ice skating tips for any skater is learn how to
minimize the risk of injury when falling. For beginning ice skaters,
falling is inevitable; for experienced ice skaters, falling is a
constant and real possibility. The goal for every ice skater when
falling should be to avoid injuries and get back up quickly. If you
are a beginner or concerned about falling, it is a good idea to wear
ice skating skate
protective gear (helmet, wrist, elbow, knee and possibly
hip and tailbone pads).
The following represents
our top 10 ice skating tips when it comes to learning how to safely
fall. 1. Try to be relaxed when you fall; a limp body is far less
likely to get injured than a stiff body. 2. If falling forward, keep
your chin up. 3. If falling backwards, tuck in your chin – this,
along with number two, will help you keep from hitting your head on
the ice. 4. Try to prevent the wrists, elbows, hips and knees from
hitting the ice first. 5. Always wear gloves when practicing falls.
6. Always try to land on your bottom first (when possible). 7. For
extra protection, wear protective equipment as mentioned above. 8.
When you do fall, pull your hands in to protect them from getting
run over by other ice skaters. 9. To get up from a fall; move to
your hands and knees, place one skate under you, and put the other
skate under you as soon as practical, and lift yourself up. 10. When
you fall, get up quickly from off the ice.
Practice Falling From a
1. Stand still on the
ice. 2. Bend forward with your hands in front. 3. Extend your hands
toward the ice, break the fall with your hands, and straighten the
knees before they hit the ice (we recommend you use wrist guards at
the very least when practicing falling). 4. Keep your head and chin
up to prevent your head from hitting the ice. 5. Move quickly to
your hands and knees. 6. Put one skate under you at a time and
carefully extend your knees as you lift yourself up. 7. Practice
these steps several times.
There are a number of
potential ice skating tips to help you practice falling. These ice
skating tips range from practicing while standing still, to
practicing while ice skating forward, and practicing while ice
skating backwards. For more ice skating tips, we strongly encourage
ice skaters seek professional guidance from a certified ice skating
instructor. When it comes to practicing falling, seeking
professional guidance is probably our most important ice skating
Lastly, it is worth
noting that if you are skating outside, the second biggest ice
skating risk is falling through the ice while skating on ponds,
lakes, etc. Always make sure the ice is thick enough to support your
weight; if in doubt skate elsewhere. It is also good to scope out
the surface for any other obstacles that may be in the way. Finally,
always skate with a partner – your safety may depend on it.
Ice Skating Tip: How to
One of the first ice
skating tips every skater should consider is to learn how to stop.
There are a number of different ways to stop while ice skating, but
here we will discuss three – the T-Stop, the Snowplow-Stop and the
The T-Stop is probably
the best stopping technique for beginning ice skaters to learn. The
T-Stop is performed with the skates forming a t-position as the name
implies. To execute a t-stop, you should: 1. Begin skating slowly in
a forward direction. 2. Turn one skate at a 45 degree angle and drag
it behind the other skate. 3. Pull the skate that is being dragged
into the instep of the lead skate. 4. Shoulders should remain
straight and forward in the skating direction. 5. Arms should be out
to the side. 6. Lean back slightly and shift the body weight to the
rear skate that is being dragged.
The snowplow stop is
another stop that is great for beginner ice skaters to learn. The
snowplow stop got its name because of the ice shavings that buildup
in front of the blade, resembles the snow that builds up in front of
a snowplow. The snowplow stop is performed with the skates forming a
pigeon-toed position. To execute a snowplow stop: 1. Begin skating
slowly in a forward direction. 2. Arms straight out to the side. 3.
Bend the knees, lean back slightly and push the skates apart. 4. As
the skates are pushed apart, the feet should begin to form a
pigeon-toed position. 5. The inside blades are used to shave the
The hockey-stop is an
important stop, and one that every ice skater should learn. The
hockey-stop will bring skaters to an abrupt stop, even when skating
relatively fast. The hockey-stop got its name because it is a
stopping technique often used by hockey players. The hockey-stop is
performed by turning both skates in the same direction, parallel to
the direction skating. Ice skaters should learn the hockey-stop in
both directions. To execute a hockey-stop: 1. Begin skating at a
moderate speed in a forward direction. 2. Arms straight out to the
side, skates should be slightly apart, knees bent. 3.
Simultaneously, twist the shoulders in one direction and the feet in
the opposite direction. 4. The lead skate will shave the ice on an
outside edge, the trailing foot will shave the ice on an inside
edge. 5. The hips and skates are facing to the side, the head, chest
and stomach should be facing the skating direction.
Ice Skating Tip: How to
Stop while Skating Backwards
There are multiple ice
skating tips to help you stop while ice skating backwards. If you
are skating with figure skates you can lift the heel of one of the
skates and dig the toe-pick into the ice. This will not instantly
stop forward (in this case backward) progress, but it will slow you
down to an eventual stop. While skating on any ice skates you can
use the backward Snowplow stop, and the backward T-stop; we address
1. Bend both knees. 2.
Turn the toe of one or both of the ice skates out (dragging it on an
inside edge). 3. The inside edge of the skate(s) will eventually
help bring you to a stop.
1. As you are skating
backwards: 2. Bend the skating leg and lean forward. 3. Extend one
ice skate behind you and turn it at a 45 degree angle. 4. Place the
free skate onto the ice on an inside edge (set it down slowly to
feel and adjust to the pressure accordingly).
A final ice skating tip
to help you to stop while skating backwards is to execute a backward
turn, and stop in the now forward direction by using the forward
T-Stop, Snowplow-stop or the Hockey-stop.