This sport has recently received wide popularity in sections of the

country where the winters make it possible. Skis--or, as they are

sometimes spelled, skee,--are a pair of flat runners from five to ten

feet long which are attached to the feet in such a way as to be easily

cast off in case of accident. By means of skis a ski-runner may either

make rapid progress over level snow or may coast down sharp

declivities and make jumps of great extent.

Skis are usually made of ash and the standard lengths are from six to

eight feet. They cost from five to seven dollars a pair. In skiing it

is customary to use a pair of steel-shod poles with leather wrist

straps, but in ski-running or coasting the use of poles is very


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