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Gliding through powdery snow on cross-country skis a few days ago was exhilarating.

It was easier than trudging through the woods wearing Sorel boots, which I do appreciate, however, for their warmth, comfort, and traversing difficult terrain.

Humans have skied for millennia to hunt and travel through impossibly deep snow. Archaeological evidence from as long ago as 6300 BC has been discovered and preserved. Examples are rock drawings in Norway and the Kalvtraskskidan ski in Sweden.

Adventurers on skis carry packs and tents into back country, skiing and camping for days.

Huts are available for skiers who tackle overnight expeditions. For example, there are over 400 huts along trails in Norway for use by summer hikers and winter skiers, maintained by the Norwegian Mountain Touring Association.

Makes me want to get out there and ski some more! I enjoy the beauty of the snowy countryside and the exercise especially after the wonderful food and laziness of the holiday season and football watching.

Check out the links above for much more information about skiing.

Marilynn Nash writes about her exploration of the outdoors in Wisconsin -- a variety of outdoor experiences -- hiking, biking, snowshoeing, trailbuilding volunteer work, boating, ski hill tubing and more. She'll probably try a few things she hasn't done before.

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