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Discover Skate Skiing

What to Bring

Warm clothing
(bring layers that can be added and removed)
  Hot tea or
chocolate in
vacuum bottle
Hat   Gloves
Sunglasses   Sunscreen
Snacks or food   Water
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston:
Take the Mass Pike to exit 15
Stay left after the toll booth. At the end of the ramp, turn left onto Park Road, following a sign for Route 16
The Ski Track is a quarter mile down the
road on the left
From the North:
Take Rt.128 South to exit 24 (Rt.30)
Make a left turn at the end of the ramp onto Rt.30 West
At the next set of lights turn left onto Park Road
The Ski Track is a half mile down the road on the left
From the South:
Take Rt.128 North to exit 21 (Rt.16)
Turn left at the end of the ramp and follow Rt.16 West for 1/2 mile
At the second set of lights, turn right onto Concord Street
The Ski Track is one mile up the road on the right
  Good to know in advance
 
Open Mon-Thur. 11-9, F 11-6, weekends & holidays 9-6

Reservations required for the 2-lesson
series: call (781) 891-6575

Rentals include skating skis, shoes and
poles
Skating is physical: select clothes as if you were going running in the winter
Trailmap available on site or online at
www.ski-paddle.com/
Restrooms in the main building
On-site: café with snacks and beverages, water fountain, locker rooms for showers and changing
If the parking lot fills to capacity, go to the free overflow parking on the railroad side of Recreation Road
Weston Ski Track: 200 Park Road in
Weston, (781) 891-6575;
www.ski-paddle.com
  Etiquette
 
Yield the right of way when overtaking
other skiers
Move off the tracks when you stop
Remove skis before crossing roads
Bring all trash back to the ski center
 
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Difficulty: 3/5
  Time from Boston: 20 minutes
  Duration: A few hours
  Cost:

From $27 per person

  Main activity:

XC Skiing

 
 
 
 
Have you ever been in awe watching skate skiers gliding past you? Now, learn to do it! This technique, easy to master if you already have basic cross-country experience, will make your skiing more effective and will give you great sensations. People who run, bike, or rollerblade will also love skate skiing as a wonderful aerobic activity and a great way get outdoors during the winter months. Designed for those with some skiing experience, these instruction series teach all the techniques needed to cover a wide variety of terrain.

Skate skiing was invented in the late 1970's as a faster cousin to the standard classical technique. Instead of keeping your skis parallel, the skis form a V, much like a speed skating motion. When executed properly, skating is the fastest self-propelled method of transit on snow.

The Weston Ski Track, just beyond the Route 128, offers two instruction courses for those interested in skate skiing:
If you want an introductory lesson to check whether you like it, take the 75-minute beginner lesson on weekends and holidays. It costs $27 including lesson and a one-day trail pass; ($39 with rental)
If you're serious about it, sign up for a two-lesson series; it includes a three-week trail pass to develop your newly acquired skills; it costs $89 ($135 with three weeks of rentals).
Both classes are taught by expert instructors at Weston Ski Track, along the Charles River, just 20 minutes away from Boston. The two-lesson package begins by discussing the basics of weight transfer, edging, and timing. It continues with a full discussion of V-1 (for climbing hills) and V-2 (for flat ground) styles. With lots of individual attention and free practice time, you'll quickly become self-sufficient and able to tackle all but the steepest terrain.

The Weston Ski Track boasts 15 kilometers of groomed trails, and despite the success of the place, it is easy to find solitude on many of the loops that make up the trail network. Even when there is no natural snow, snowmakers maintain a 2k loop that is lighted for night skiing, so you can come for practice or a workout in the evening. The teaching area is located within this loop, so lessons will go on even if there is no natural snow.

These skating lessons are designed for people who have some skiing experience (preferably cross-country skiing). The balance required for skating is more easily learned if you have spent time on cross-country skis before. If you've never cross-country skied before and would like to learn the classical technique first, sign up for beginner lessons