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An Introduction to Skate Skiing – Part 1

What is Skate Skiing and Where is it Done?


Many are familiar with Nordic inline skating, which is the cross-country or Nordic skiing of roller sports used by skiers to train without snow. And snowskating is a sport that takes aggressive inline skating into winter sports. Now, another winter cross-country style called skate skiing that is related to our inline skating sports is very prominent on the snow and in the media. Skate skiing is not the same as riding a snowskate which is a hybrid of a skateboard and a snowboard, intended primarily to allow for skateboard-style tricks on the snow.

Skate skiing is a faster, more efficient form of snow transportation that is more similar to inline or ice skating. This winter activity has been around for many generations just like inline skate designs. And skate skiing appeared in cross-country winter sports, around the same time inline skating became popular as an outdoor fair weather activity. Skate skiing is a fast way to travel on snow using diagonal skating strides on skis. It makes a good winter aerobic fitness workout, too. Skate skiing is considered a better aerobic and cardiovascular workout than classic skiing.

Skate Skiing Locations

The only surface or location requirements for skate skiing is a wide, groomed snowy path surface to make the sport work effectively. That is because skate skis are designed for smooth, well-manicured, firm trails or tracks on level or moderately rolling terrain. This sport is human powered, not gravity driven. Skate skiing is difficult if the snow is soft, deep and not groomed, so when you are in deep, powdery snow or on hills you should use classic skis.

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