Skiing pair on roll
VIBEKE Kristiansen and Elisabeth Grant are no strangers to having people chase them down on the South Perth foreshore asking what they are doing.
The Norwegian-born duo are the brains behind Roller Ski Australia, a unique business that gives people the chance to ski without snow.
Mrs Grant said she often went skiing when she was young, whether it was to school or on holidays but missed out on the sport when she moved to Australia in 1999.
“It’s often said that Norwegians are born with skis on their feet, it’s something that everyone does,” she said.
After Mrs Kristiansen also moved to Perth in 2012 with her family, they met when their kids went to Attadale Primary School.
“We got talking about skiing and how much we missed it, we hadn’t done roller skiing before but we thought it would be fun,” Mrs Kristiansen said.
“It wasn’t about running a business, we just wanted to teach other people so we got the right qualifications.”
Mrs Grant said roller skiing was becoming more popular in Europe and they hoped to boost its profile in Perth.
“It’s not just about practising skiing, it’s also about fitness,” she said. “It’s an opportunity for people to get ski fit before they go overseas and do the real thing.
“It gives you a full body workout but it’s also low impact so it’s great for people with knee and hip injuries.
“It’s something exotic and different and we often have been coming up to us and asking us what we are doing.”
Mrs Kristiansen said she loved holding individual and group sessions with schools or during birthdays and even hen’s parties. Roller skiing is an off-snow version of crosscountry skiing.
Ski poles are used along with roller skiis that have wheels on the ends. Other items that are required are ski boots and helmets.
Roller Ski Australia sell and hire out items for people to try for themselves.
Vibeke Kristiansen and Elisabeth Grant on their roller skis.