We get a lot of questions regarding whether to use poles with skiblades or not. The nice thing about skiblades is there are no rules or have to’s with skiblading. What do you prefer? On one hand, using poles does make it more difficult to do those lay-it-over carves. They often get in the way cruising down the slopes as just another thing to hand on to. Then there is the awkwardness with poles on the lift.
However, poles can come in handy getting on the lift shuffling through the lift line. They are also great for getting across the flats. In powder, it is usually easier to get up after a dump. No poles mean you do need to skate on the flats, but this is really not so difficult on skiblades.
With long skis, it is more traditional to use poles. That is how most people are taught. Poles with long skis are used (besides getting around on the flats, etc.) to pick you turns, putting you in the proper forward lean position for turning those long sticks. However, if you watch you will see most skiers don’t really use there poles, they are just holding onto them (for security?). This is not necessary however with skiblades of course.
The middle ground is to buy telescopic poles. Use them when you need them, put them in your backpack when you don’t, and you are covered for all possibilities. Of course, you will need a pack, but that is handy for water, extra clothes, etc. anyway.