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Introduction to Skate Skiing Course

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Our two-hour Introduction to Skate Skiing is a great way to learn all the skills you'll need for gliding over the snow-covered trails this winter.
  • Prerequisite: Experience with cross-country skiing's classic technique and ability to control speed and stop on downhills
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

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Conditions permitting. Skate skiing is a fun, fast and exciting way to explore groomed cross-country skis trails. Our expert instructors will begin the course with a comprehensive overview of skate-skiing fundamentals, including weight transfer, poling and timing. They'll guide you, step by step, through skate-skiing basics, showing you the best techniques for various types of terrain. You'll also learn the difference between classic and skate skiing plus receive recommendations from your instructors on the equipment best suited for your interests.

You'll then practice what you've learned with your instructor on beautifully groomed trails at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. You'll leave this course with the skills necessary to confidently skate ski on your own.

All necessary skate-skiing equipment is provided.

Please note this course is weather dependent.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

**Please call ahead if you plan to use your own equipment as it must pass inspection by L.L.Bean staff before use. If it's deemed unsuitable, we will provide you with the necessary equipment.

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What to Bring
  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Fleece jacket or wool sweater - appropriate level of insulation for the activity
  • Long underwear tops and bottoms (synthetic or wool)
  • Warm hat, gloves and glove liners (preferably waterproof)
  • Wool or synthetic socks*
  • Sunglasses
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One-quart of water (no glass bottles)

  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Waterproof camera
  • Neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Skate skis, boots, gaiters and poles**

What We Provide
  • Use of all necessary skiing equipment: skis, boots, gaiters and poles
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January 25, 2020
Want to learn to skate ski? This is your class!
Excellent class!! I have no cross country ski experience but decades of downhill skiing experience and am quite familiar with the skating motion from traversing,... more
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5 / 5
January 23, 2020
The class was great and Eric was amazing. He’s a truly gifted teacher who opened up a whole new world for me and our whole class. Highly recommend this... more
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5 / 5
January 22, 2020
Skate Ski class
Today at Pineland I enjoyed an introductory skate ski class with Eric C. as the instructor. He was fabulous. He provided basic information prior to getting... more
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5 / 5
February 3, 2019
Intro to Skate Skiing
I took the course on 2/2/19. We had a friendly instructor and a nice group of participants. Fogg Farm had varied terrain and my technique improved.... more
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5 / 5
January 8, 2017
Great Class, Great Instructors
My wife and I took this course and had a great time! Our instructors, Eric and Pete, were very knowledgeable about the gear, technique and how to teach... more
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