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Lake Morey Skating Trail is world class!

Make tracks to - and on - Lake Morey this weekend at our biggest event of the season. The Lake Morey skating trail, longest in the USA, will host the 14th Annual Skate-Athon Sunday from 10am-3pm. See how many times you can skate around the lake! 25% discount coupons for Nordic Skates will be handed out to all participants.

It's official! Lake Morey is now one of the world's most spectacular natural ice trails and rinks. See the full list of 19 locations here:

Ready for Nordic Ice Skating?

The lakes have frozen over. Nordic ice skating season is here! Lake Morey, Vermont - home of the nation's longest machine-groomed ice skating trail - is getting ready to host thousands of skaters from all over the continent. Here's how to make sure you're the first to know about outdoor ice skating opportunities:

1. Visit or join these online message boards for the latest news on iake ice conditions:

2. Check out these ice skating events hosted by our partner organizations:
Adirondack Winterfest:
Lake Morey Skateathon:
Lake Morey Resort:
Memphremagog Ice Skating Festival:
Squam Lake Winterfest:

If your event or message board isn't loisted here, please email and let us know about it.
Happy new year ... and happy skating!

First snow of the season!

The changeover from rain to snow is expected any minute, with 1 to 3 inches possible by tomorrow. With snow on the ground and cold temps overnight, ice could form in swamps and marshes very soon. The season is almost here!

Ice skating in Sweden

Now that New England's lake and pond skating season is pretty much over, here's a scenic look at lake skating in Sweden (known locally as langfardsskridsko):

Loon rescue on Lake Sunapee

Tuesday morning a small group of Nordic skaters assisted the Loon Preservation Committee in rescuing loons trapped in the ice on Lake Sunapee. Sunday afternoon, while touring the lake on skates, we had spotted three adult loons floating in a tiny circle of open water way offshore. Though we didn't know it at the time, loons need a 'runway' of at least 100 feet of open water to become airborne and fly to their winter abode on the seacoast. If the ice closes in around them, they can't take off and they either die of exposure or fall victim to predators. The last time winter arrived late, in 2007, a large number of loons died on Lake Winnipesaukee, when the lake froze quickly in late January after unusually warm weather in November and December had fooled the birds into forgoing their annual migration.

How Nordic Skates were invented

History of the Steinmetz cross-country ice skate, or ‘Nordic Skate’
(transcribed from Kouwe Drukte #29, April 2007, magazine of Poolster skate collectors club)

NH ice report 1/8/16

The 2016 ice season has begun! We're heading out this morning with our Nordic Skates, ice testing poles and ice safety gear to explore Kezar Lake in North Sutton, NH and Little Lake Sunapee in New London, NH - both located just off Interstate 89. Watch for a report later today.

Thanks for all the ice...

Vermont got its first snow this past weekend. But in Alaska, "shoulder season" is all about Nordic ice skating. Watch this cool 4-minute video shot in Alaska last fall by Luc Mehl:

100,000 YouTube views!

A major milestone has passed unnoticed. Our Skike roller skiing video now has over 100,000 views! Have you seen it yet? Only takes 2 minutes...

Fall Meltdown Sale!

Join us Saturday, October 24, as we celebrate the arrival of cooler weather with our annual Fall Meltdown Sale. For one day only, take 30% to 50% off EVERYTHING in the store (except already-discounted items). Not within driving distance? No problem, just call us at 866.244.2570 on the 24th and you'll still get the sale price! Stay tuned for more news about special sale items. Happy skiing fromall of us here at Nordic Skater!

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