Cross-skating is referred to as a cross between snow skiing and inline skating. Using specially designed skates and poles, the skater will glide gracefully while pumping their arms with the poles as if they are skiing. The skates allow them to make easy turns around bends much like an inline skater. Cross-skating is also referred to as off-road skating. Using the poles and specially designed skates, a skater can scale even the roughest of terrain. Inline skating is no longer just for pavement. With cross-skating you can easily skate through wooded areas and over rocky terrain. Cross-skating did not begin earning recognition until 2005, although there were pieces of sports equipment that provided the possibility for cross-skating across semi-rugged terrain as early as the 1990s.
For those who enjoy the movement and speed of cross-country skiing, cross-skating provides a way to enjoy the outdoors even during the warmer months. No snow? No problem with cross-skating. When first introduced, marketers expected cross-skating to be a huge hit in areas that generally receive little to no snow. Cross-skating, although fairly new in terms of popularity, has become on of the most exciting outdoor adventures since parasailing.
While providing a great outdoor adventure, cross-skating also provides a wonderful exercise regimen. Since you are pumping your arms while moving your legs, you get quite a full-body workout. A better one, in fact than even mountain biking.
Cross-skates are typically 34 inches long and are considered to be much more stable than inline skates. The feature 10 inch all-terrain wheels which are attached to aluminum frames and each skate weights approximately 8 pounds. They are designed for a ski-type boot to fit into them. Once you have your skates and your poles, you are ready to simulate cross-country skiing only you can cross-skate during warmer months and enjoy the outdoors significantly more than during the cold winter season.