Skiing pair on roll

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

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.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d464787

Vibeke Kris­tiansen and Elis­a­beth Grant on their roller skis.

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