Sled Dogs Skates has come out with a patented hard shell boot with integrated, steel edged base that can “ski” and turn on the snow -without skis. The video below featuring a hockey coach taking his training downhill (literally) on a pair of these makes it look so easy – suggesting that if you can skate, you can ski. The guys behind Sled Dogs Skates are Norwegian brothers Ronny Paul Gydar and Tommy Einar Gydar Syversen. Their site says that “Ronny is the hardcore Inliner -looking for a way to enjoy inlines in winter time and Tommy is the guy that loves after-ski and was looking for something to enjoy before after-ski” – but we imagine “after” after-ski too. Here’s to the fun loving Norwegians for coming up with what could possibly be the lightest, most economical ski set up. Maybe even Sled Dogs Skates + ICETrekkers or crampons for a late season or an otherwise firm/low snow, backcountry tour? Looks like a good time no matter how limited the snow or terrain. We’d sure like to give ‘em a try right about now (or anytime really) -and perhaps mix it up on an outing with our own home grown snowskaters. Go figure that Norway’s Bergen and our Seattle are sister cities. Live to ski/skate another day!