Generally my winter survival toolkit consists of warm layers, an outdoor adventure of any kind, and a post-adventure hot toddy.
We CAN BE skate skiers. We just need in-person guidance and a couple hours of positive affirmations. An Intro to Skate Skiing lesson with L.L.Bean is just the thing.
EVO Rock + Fitness in Portland offers an intro to climbing class every day of the week. It's the perfect way to dip your toes into climbing. All the gear is included and you'll have a knowledgeable instructor who'll walk you through every step, offer some pointers, and cheer you as you go, whether you make it two feet off the ground or twenty.
The women's surfing lessons run weekly from 6-8 p.m. and cost $45 per class (wetsuits and surfboard included), and are a welcoming chance for beginners to glean tips from experienced surfers and learn to catch waves alongside other beginners.
Skate skiing looks so smooth! So fast! So graceful! And it is - once you know what you're doing. The learning process is decidedly less elegant. But practice and lesson (or two or five) can go a long way.
Maine Pines Racket and Fitness in Brunswick offers a free Tennis 123 program every month that includes three weekly clinics, fitness classes, weekend court time, and a social tennis mixer.
For novice mountain bikers - or curious folks who'd like to give it a try - there are free mountain biking skills classes being held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Eastern Prom and Stroudwater Trail in Portland.
The weekly dances, which alternate Wednesday and Friday nights, include a half-hour beginner lesson at the beginning, followed by a couple of hours of open dance.
If you'd like to learn a few line dances to take to back to The Silver Spur - or to bust out later when a line dancing opportunity presents itself, or simply because you want to try something new - then mark your calendar for Monday night.
Learn how to bike ride with confidence! Cycling Savvy classes in Portland teach the techniques for safe and happy riding on the road.