1. There's more to this forum than meets the eye!

    We have a vibrant community here conversing about all sorts of non-snow topics such as music, sport, politics and technology. Simply register to reveal all our Après topics or continue browsing and reading as a guest.

    NOTE: This notice may be closed.

    Dismiss Notice

last week skiing at Falls Creek

Discussion in 'Falls Creek' started by nosnowski, Apr 30, 2013.

  1. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    Not quite but close enough [​IMG]

     
    #1 nosnowski, Apr 30, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 12, 2013
  2. Nidecker

    Nidecker One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2009
    Messages:
    3,337
    Likes Received:
    3,715
    Location:
    Alpine the dark side of snowboarding




    After about 15 minutes of trying the new gear in a carpark Mitch decided to hit the road.

    Category

    Sports
    License

    Standard YouTube License

    Uploader Comments (nosnowski)

    Cloxxki

    Cloxxki 2 days ago

    What's the gradient of that road? Any updated to the skates?

    They carve similarly visually than the Crosskates I have, but stand lower and seemed to carve tighter and with less speed loss.

    How are they for emergency stops?
    ·
    nosnowski

    nosnowski 1 day ago

    The gradient of the road is between 3 and 5 degrees depending on the section. This is an improved version of my Rollercarvers but with a lighter frame/platform. Unlike in crosskates my wheels turn in sync on rolling the knees on the edge so the device really carves. The radius can be as short as 1.5m and therefore it is pretty easy to control speed and brake by performing a tight turn. However, there is also a simple braking mechanism that takes advantage of ski poles.
    · in reply to Cloxxki
     
    #2 Nidecker, May 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 29, 2013
  3. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2003
    Messages:
    34,646
    Likes Received:
    20,739
    Location:
    Kiewa Valley
    hmm

    Mitch is no ordinary skier - he's really hot, features in lots of shots by local professional photographers. you would not know it from this footage so that suggests that they are not easy to use well
     
  4. TeleXC

    TeleXC Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2012
    Messages:
    650
    Likes Received:
    45
    Location:
    Geelong
    I've never seen downhill roller skiing before, I've been wanting to take up nordic roller skiing but are a bit reluctant because it sounds difficult to brake.
     
  5. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    Currawong,
    you need to take into account that it was his first run after just a few turns in a carpark (and no skiing for long months). Also, Mitch was not in the best form suffering from the flu so we stopped after just one run. Mastering rollercarvers is easier than learning how to carve on the snow and the movements are transferable. This is what Mitch wrote to me in his email this morning:

    "As with a ski, it took me a couple of turns, literally, to find the balance point and how to close and elongate my trajectory. I was amazed to find that within minutes my natural skiing
    ability took over and enabled me to use the Rollercarvers in a fashion so similar to skiing it was uncanny.
    After about 15 minutes on a steady slope in a Falls Creek car park, I found myself confident and wanting to find a larger slope to really give them a go. I went out into the car park/fringes of the main road and headed down. I was elated. Immediately I was able to string turns together, both short and long radius."
     
  6. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    Rollercarvers have a short turning radius of about 1.5m which allows for pretty good speed control. They also have a simple braking mechanism that is used by planting ski poles near their outer edges. I have been using them for quite some time and only had to brake once and it was more due to me getting scared of my speed that any real danger. They are surprisingly stable.
     
    #6 nosnowski, May 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  7. wannaski

    wannaski One of Us

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Messages:
    1,029
    Likes Received:
    63
    That looks like so much fun ! The kids & I would give it a shot for sure !
    What's the set up like ? Where can you get them & what sort of price would you pay ?
     
  8. emkae

    emkae One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Nov 6, 1998
    Messages:
    1,890
    Likes Received:
    1,631
    Location:
    Melbourne
    while they do look like they would be a lot of fun, where could you actually (legally) use them ?

    what surfaces can you use them on ?

    i assume you need a paved road and that they aren't designed for "off road" use ?
     
  9. wannaski

    wannaski One of Us

    Joined:
    May 28, 2005
    Messages:
    1,029
    Likes Received:
    63
    So I was getting impatient & googled it ! It showed that there is a website coming soon - I'm presuming they will be selling them ! But other than that & the utube video above nothing came up !
     
  10. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    This is just a prototype that is based on my design. Trying to come up with something that is close to skiing off season has been my long time hobby motivated by our painfully short skiing seasons. I would be happy to ask the guy who made them how much he would charge for more. I got four pairs made for me and friends but since it involved a bit of development it wasn't cheap. If you are interested let's take it offline. You can message me if you want.
     
    #10 nosnowski, May 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  11. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    From the legal point of view it does not seem to be different than skateboarding which according to this site can be done on most undivided roads with no more than 50Kph speed limit . Most of the time I do it in a sloping car park in a business park near my place. It's practically empty after 6pm and well lit so I can even do it at night when I'm back from work. I also use a no through road near the Cardinia Reservoir on the outskirts of Melbourne. I tried gravel roads and it is even more fun. The gear is equipped with 6" pneumatic tyres. You can see from the video that Mitch was going over drain grates to see how they handle rough patches and there was no problem there.

    It is a very good workout especially when you skate push uphill. Last year I did it for a few weeks before my ski travel to Austria and could hit the slopes full on day one with no sore muscles on the next day.
     
    #11 nosnowski, May 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  12. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    see my other response. It's a prototype based on my design.
     
    #12 nosnowski, May 1, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  13. Stratus

    Stratus A Local

    Joined:
    Apr 22, 2005
    Messages:
    8,113
    Likes Received:
    296
    Location:
    Edithvale VIC
  14. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    I got a message from Mitch that he bought a new go pro camera and will try all sorts of things when he is back from his overseas trip so stay tuned.
     
    #14 nosnowski, May 7, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  15. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    More rollercarving action from Mitch. This time steeper slope, higher tyre pressure and a bit more speed.



    There is still more to come.
     
    #15 nosnowski, May 29, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 29, 2013
  16. parkmonkey

    parkmonkey Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    May 20, 2005
    Messages:
    37,548
    Likes Received:
    18,598
    Location:
    On a wave or mountain face near you.
    Tell Mitch to give them a real go and tip them over before i fall asleep [​IMG]
     
    #16 parkmonkey, May 29, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 12, 2013
  17. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    When Mitch turned into the unsealed road he did his usual thing jumping over bushes and cliff edges but unfortunately the truck driver missed the turn so it was not caught on camera [​IMG].

    On a more serious note though, I bet that you would have problems falling asleep riding the gear rather than watching it.
     
    #17 nosnowski, May 29, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  18. Donza

    Donza Pool Room

    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2004
    Messages:
    72,779
    Likes Received:
    16,616
    Location:
    wollongong
    I liked the bit when he turned.
     
    #18 Donza, May 29, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013
  19. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    and now some dirt, loose stones and sand otherwise known as a dry land version of crud

     
    #19 nosnowski, May 30, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 29, 2013
  20. Boodwah

    Boodwah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2006
    Messages:
    4,923
    Likes Received:
    10,329
    Location:
    StKilda,VicBC,Prom,France
    Cracking - put me on the list for a pair svp. I've been fantasizing about doing the Hotham road on rollerblades for a while now but these look better.
     
  21. Scott No Mates

    Scott No Mates One of Us

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2003
    Messages:
    3,510
    Likes Received:
    430
    Location:
    Sydney - LNS
    These are rollerblades on steroids. Best of luck with the venture - I can see quite a few sales happening (at least to forumites).
     
  22. nosnowski

    nosnowski Hard Yards

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2012
    Messages:
    31
    Likes Received:
    0
    I'd love to manufacture them in Australia but finding anyone who would like to do it has been quite a challenge. At this stage it looks that they will likely be made in EU by a snow and water sports gear manufacturer :-(
     
    #22 nosnowski, Jun 12, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Dec 13, 2013