The industry of inline skating tours
essentially started in 1997. Before
that time, a few travel companies had attempted to put together one or
two tours but these weren’t successful as an ongoing effort.
In 1997, however, Zephyr Inline Skate
Tours was founded entirely to create tours for inline skaters. The Minneapolis company
(now based in Montana) started with three small tours in one location:
The Netherlands. After a successful first season, Zephyr added tour
locations in the California Wine Country, the Pennsylvania Amish
Country, and Minnesota and now has locations throughout Europe and North America. The
inline skating industry was born.
So why do an organized skate tour? Skate tour operators
generally take care of all the details: lodging, food, skating routes,
support van, guides, etc. You save
time and stress by going with an operator.
In fact, in some locations it would be
impossible to attempt a tour on your own. As well, many people take
organized skate tours because they don’t have anyone with whom to
travel and they enjoy meeting up with skaters from all over the world.
While tours are not for everyone,
they are certainly a key component of the Skate Travel world.