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Where to Skate in Minsk
by Dzmitry Vadalazhski
An article about skating in the city of Minsk was written by
Belarus skater Dzmitry Vadalazhski.
You will see occasional skaters all over Minsk, but there exist some
places where you will meet local skaters regularly.
Svisloch River Trail
You will find speed
skaters, roller skiers and recreational skaters every evening on
Ski Roller Trail Loop in the Vesnyanka area. It is situated in a beautiful place
on the Svisloch River bank. Especially wonderful scenery you will see
there at sunset time. Trail is 5 kilometers long and about 3 meters wide,
with many turns and hills. All hills are small but two of them have
sufficiently steep slopes. There is perfect asphalt there. In the evening
the trail is lighted up.
A similar Ski Roller Trail Loop was built in the
Chizhovka area not long ago. Now there's no other information about it
besides that it is shorter than the loop in Vesnyanka.
Sport Palace on Masherova Avenue
Another popular spot among local skaters is asphalt ground near Sport
Palace in Masherova Avenue. There you will meet recreational skaters, cone
skaters and beginners. Besides skaters you will meet there BMX bikers,
skateboarders, footbag players, sometimes B-Boys. This place is some kind
of Minsk street culture center. From there you can reach Ski Roller Trail
Loop in Vesnyanka area skating along Masherova Avenue by sidewalk which
has good surface along most of the way. The distance to Ski Roller Trail
Loop is about 3.5 kilometers.
Olympic Sport Complex Raubichi
15 kilometers north of Minsk there is Olympic Sport Complex Raubichi.
There are tennis-courts, basket-ball and volley-ball pitches, football
fields, ski jumps, other sport objects and most interesting for skaters -
the hilly Raubichi Biathlon Loop Trail that runs through a pine forest. It
is about 5 kilometers long and about 4 meters wide, with many interesting
turns, hard uphill sections and fast downhill sections. Every weekend in
Raubichi you will meet skaters from Minsk who skate the biathlon trail or
the skate-rink. After skating you can swim in the lake placed nearby. You
can get to Raubichi by bus, by car or on your skates by bike trail which
begins at the road police post at the outskirts of Minsk. Additional
interesting sight in Raubichi is Folk Arts and Crafts Museum. The museum
has a rich exposition of folk costumes from all regions of Belarus, fine
fabrics, traditional weaving, pottery, articles made of straw, carved
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