I have always been jealous of the skiers who so effortlessly skate across the flats to the lift line. I am the exhausted guy using my poles to move a couple of feet at a time. Any tips you can share will be appreciated. Youtube videos always show XC skiers, not downhillers. This year I am determined... so far my plan is to slide on just the left ski, while pushing off with inside of right ski. Even plan on practicing in my backyard... amusing my neighbors and wife. Shorter skis this year which I am hoping will help?