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Nordic New Year

Went for a ski down to the fjord on New Years Eve with my Nordic muse outside her home on the island of Jeløy.  It was a refreshing change in pace from the sort of skiing I've become accustomed to here in Utah, where performance, adrenaline, and technology reign supreme over wooden skis, wool sweaters, and simple pleasures.

To be sure, Norway today has one of the most sophisticated ski teams in the world, rumored to spend more on just their nordic wax R&D than the entire US Olympic ski team combined.  However, strong vestiges remain from an era when skiing was simply the most efficient way to get around during the dark half of the year (see exhibit A).