How to Skate Uphill

Learn how to roller-skate uphill from former World Champion speed skater Gypsy Lucas in this Howcast video.

Hey skaters, today we’re going to talk about how to skate up a hill. It’s really important to keep your chest up when going up a hill, so that you’re not on your toes really, really badly. So as you’re coming up to a hill, you’re in normal skating position, and then when the hill hits you, and you’re then going up, you’re going to lift your chest and lower your butt, and then always make sure that you come back into your powerbox.

So if it’s a really steep hill, you’re actually going to end up doing what’s called a duck walk, and you’ll actually be pushing but your toes will be out, and you’re really are going to be focusing on that side push, not really keeping your toes straight ahead, because the gravity will just pull you back, so chest up, sit down in that chair, and toes out, and smaller steps when you’re going up the hill, because that will help you get up the hill a lot faster. So also when going up the hill when you’re roller skating, you want to make sure that you don’t stand up too straight. When you stand up too straight, and angle of the hill is there, it’s actually more going to throw you back on your heels, which doesn’t really help you with acceleration up the hill.

So always keep your knees bent, come back into that powerbox, try to stay off your toe stops because all that does is make you run up the hill, which is good sometimes, but you want to skate up the hill. So small steps, knees bent, sit down in that chair, chest up, and you’ll get up that hill just fine.