A close cousin to the more traditional sport of Nordic skiing, Skate Skiing has quickly grown in popularity for those seeking something more extreme in their cross country skiing pursuits. And in Maine, Skate Skiers have found a place to call home. At first glance, Skate Skis resember the more well known Nordic skis. However, upon closer inspection, these skis feature some very apparent differences. First, they are shorter than cross country skis. Second, the underside of these skis lack any tread whatsoever. Both features enable skate skiiers to literally race along cross country ski trails. This reality is, of course, the very reason that winter athletes find this sport so appealing. Their primary objective is continuous, uniform speed along Nordic ski trails. The result is an outdoor activity ideally suited for those who favor fast, aerobic-building and adrenaline pumping activities. Maine cross country ski centers have enthusiastically accommodate skate skiing fans by extending their groomed, tracked trails. We now present ten such centers which have excelled in meeting the interest and passion for Skate Skiing.
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