Thursday, April 1, 2010

Tour Ice Skating

Tour skating is a games and recreational pattern of long distance ice skating on natural ice.

The Nordic method of tour skating is popular in the Nordic countries, especially Sweden, but increasingly in Finland and Norway, where it is respectively called långfärdsskridsko (Swedish), retkiluistelu (Finnish) and turskøyting (Norwegian). In Canada and the USA this method is often called Nordic skating. Other names used are trip skating and wild skating.

Another method of trip Skating, which is well liked in the Netherlands, is called toerschaatsen (Dutch).

While the Nordic version generally engages choosing your own trips over the ice, in the Netherlands skaters pursue marked routes on iced canals and lagoons. Consequently the equipment used and security requirements differ rather between these schools of tour skating.

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