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An Introduction to Skating in Russia
Skating in Sosnovy Bor

by Kathie Fry


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(Sosnovy Bor Biathlon Trail + Kotly Road)

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2. Moscow
3. St. Petersburg
4. Pushkin
5. Peterhof
6. Novgorod
7. Kotlin Dikes
8. Sosnovy Bor
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Sosnovy Bor is a charming town on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland, about 100 kilometers west of St. Petersburg. It is surrounded by pine forests and sand dunes, and it is a favorite long weekend destination for skaters in St. Petersburg and Moscow.

The town itself is very skater-friendly because it has little automobile traffic, but the real attraction for skaters is the hilly Sosnovy Bor Biathlon Loop Trail that runs through a pine forest just outside of town. The trail is often used for downhill skating contests. It is 1.6 kilometers long and 2.5 to 3 meters wide, with 11 turns, 11 uphill sections, and 9 downhill sections. The maximum downhill slope is 33 degrees.

Skaters from Moscow and St. Petersburg like to visit Sosnovy Bor in groups, camping in the sand dunes, swimming in the Gulf of Finland, and skating the biathlon trail and some of the roads around Sosnovy Bor. An interesting side trip is to skate from Sosnovy Bor to the Village of Kotly. The road is lined on both sides by a pine forest and the distance is about 70 kilometers.

Two additional interesting sights in this area are the Sosnovy Bor Museum of Modern Art and the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Nuclear Power Plant. IMPORTANT NOTE: Because Sosnovy Bor is a significant nuclear power research center, if you are not a Russian citizen you will probably need a special permit from the Russian Ministry of Security to visit this area.

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More of This Article
Part 1: About Skating in Russia
Part 2: Skating the Streets of Moscow
Part 3: Skating St. Petersburg
Part 4: A Day of Skating in Pushkin
Part 5: Skaters Visiting a Palace at Peterhof
Part 6: Skating Novgorod Kremlin and River Trail
Part 7: Skating the Dikes of Kotlin Island
Part 8: Sosnovy Bor Biathlon Loop Trail



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