Saturday, January 3, 2009

Days of wooden skis required lots of prep time

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by Howard Meyerson

I was on my way out of a local outdoors store over the holidays when I saw a sight I hadn't seen in years: A guy at the counter with a pair of wooden cross country skis.

This wasn't someone looking for an antique appraisal or a spiffy way to affix them over the fireplace. It was actually someone coming in for a pine tar job.

"Nooo," I said in disbelief.

"Yeah," the manager said. "He's probably the eighth this season."

"Nooo," I said again, hardly believing it, but secretly pleased to know wood boards still have their fans.

I too have a pair of wooden skis, a set of Norwegian-made Gresshoppa Finese, though they hardly see daylight...

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