Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

Uncategorized

Smoking Grass

Adventure

Get full access to Outside Learn, our online education hub featuring in-depth fitness, nutrition, and adventure courses and more than 2,000 instructional videos when you sign up for Outside+ Sign up for Outside+ today.


None

Turns out, the 30-year-old sport of grass skiing—racing down green slopes on tank-tracked roller skis—is a legitimate pastime (in the Czech Republic). We recently caught up with World Grass Skiing Champion Jan Nemec of Brno, Czech Republic, to find out why he mows the sod.

Skiing: You’re an accomplished ski racer in winter. So, why grass?

Nemec:I like both, but the lack of snow in the Czech Republic makes better conditions for grass skiing. In my case, the winter skiing is a preparation for summer.

Skiing: Are there big differences between winter racing and summer racing?

Nemec: It’s not fun wearing ski boots, gloves, and helmets when it’s 95 degrees out.

Skiing: How disastrous is a crash?

Nemec: I’ve had many wrecks but nothing too serious: broken collarbone, dislocated shoulder, brain concussion.

Skiing: So do grassy hills turn you on the way a foot of powder gets a winter skier revved up?

Nemec: A powder day to a grass skier would probably be a golf course tilted at a 25 per-cent grade.

Skiing: How is the grass prepared?

Nemec: In some places it’s cut by small tractors, in other places by cattle. You can imagine why I prefer tractors.