Paris Skate – 7th to 9th September 2018

Asha managed to find a free weekend to sneak in a “Quick Paris Trip”. If you haven’t skated in Paris, this is not to be missed. The Trip begins with the famous Friday Night “Pari-Roller” street skate and continues with a weekend of skate touring and classes in one of the world’s most skateable cities. The “unbelievably smooth” streets of Paris form the backdrop to the weekend and the Paris street skates can have thousands of skaters participating each week!

Itinerary

The Skatefresh package includes up to 14 hours of guided skating and lesson time with instruction from Asha in Paris over the weekend including the Pari-Roller FNS, lessons and sightseeing on the Saturday and lessons and street skate on Sunday.

Friday 7th September 2018

Paris Roller street skate.
Meet at 8.45pm (for 9.30pm departure) outside Montparnasse Railway Station in the pedestrianised square area outside the main station doors. With the station behind you and Montparnasse tower in front of you, aim for the left side of the square. We can slowly kit up together and be ready for 9.30pm departure.

Saturday 8th September 2018.

Meet at 10:15 for 10.30am departure at Montparnasse station again, Our skating sightseeing tour takes us past many of the city’s main sites and buildings; Jardin du Luxembourg, the Pantheon, the Sorbonne, Saint-Michel, the river, Notre-Dame, Ile de la Cite, Ile Saint-Louise, Bastille, Place des Vosges, Le Marais, Pompidou Centre, the Louvre, Palais Royale, Place de la Concorde, Esplanade des Invalides, the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, Arc de Triomphe and finally we end the day skating down the Champs-Elysees.

We will have two main stops during the tour for lesson time, at Palais Royale and then again at Invalides. Depending on the weather and temperature we will either picnic lunch at Place des Vosges or choose restaurants near Pompidou.

Saturday evening (approx 7.00pm) An optional group evening meal in a lovely small local restaurant near Place D’Italie is planned. You will need to let us know the week before the trip if you would like to be included in this meal so we can reserve for the group. You will pay for what you consume, no set menu. If you cancel having made this booking they will charge us a minimum fe which we will have to pass on to you, so if you book please honour your commitment, thanks.

Sunday 9th September 2018

Meet at 11am on the right bank quay for 2hrs of class (optional if you prefer a morning off). Ends 1:15pm
Then we meet for the Sunday afternoon street skate outside the skate shop Nomades at Bastille at 1:45pm for 2:30pm departure.
Quick lunch between these 2 skates.The Sunday skate is a slower and smaller skate, but very relaxing after Friday night and Saturday. We do not know the routes yet but will inform you as soon as they are made public.

Cost

– £140 (for all skating, guiding, teaching and touring).
Does NOT include travel, meals and accommodation.

Application Process

Before making any travel or hotel bookings you will need to apply to come on the trip and Asha will need to assess your skating ability to ensure you have the minimum skills needed to deal with the weekend trip (see more on this below). You should contact Trish at bookings@skatefresh.com to book.

Paris has both long slopes, steeper slopes and cobbles and you will need adequate skills to deal with the terrain although Paris is generally easier than London to skate around). If Asha knows you already then this is a quick process. If you haven’t skated with Asha before then she will send you a series of questions to answer about your skating and we’ll need to see a short video of your skating and stoping so please be ready to provide these in your application process. Once you have been accepted on the Trip you can go ahead and make your travel and hotel bookings.

The Friday Night Skate in Paris is pretty fast (comparable to London’s Wednesday night Skate (www.londonskate.com) – although in Paris it is often longer! The Sunday afternoon street skate in Paris is usually always longer than London’s Sunday Stroll and routes differ.

Minimum Skating Skills Requirements

To handle Paris you’ll need to be an intermediate level skater and have experience of skating either street skates or solo urban skating (eg comfortable with curbs, road crossings and changes of surface as standard). Your speed needs to be Intermediate level and our Saturday tours are about 25km all day. You need to have several Stopping methods in your repertoire and be very comfortable on downhill slopes controlling your speed with either the heel brake or good T-Stops. You also need to be able to stop on a downhill slope in a straight line situation (ie no turning as on a road with traffic beside). If in doubt we’ll ask you for videos of these skills to help assess if your skills are adequate.

Meeting spots

Friday and Saturday meeting at Montparnasse Station
Saturday evening Group meal near Place D’Italie
Sunday meeting by the river near Bastille

Travel

Due to ever changing Eurostar and flight prices, we leave the booking of your travel up to you, so the sooner you book the cheaper your fare will be. We recommend hotels in Paris in the Montparnasse area as Friday and Saturday meeting points are Montparnasse station. The Saturday evening Group meal is near Place d’Italie and this isn’t far from Mantparnasse so keep those details in mind when booking.

Useful Paris Skate websites

Pari-Roller Friday Night Street Skate http://pari-roller.com
Sunday afternoon street skate skate http://rollers-coquillages.org
Nomades skate shop address: 37 Boulevard Bourdon, 75004 Paris
(Bastille). http://rollernet.com/nomades