Tech Register: Nordic skiing thrives in Minnesota – Park Rapids Enterprise

The story of Nordic skiing in the Midwest—its origins and history, its star athletes and races, and its place in the region’s social fabric and the nation’s winter recreationNorwegians who immigrated to Minnesota brought their love of skiing with them.

Many shared their enthusiasm for skiing with their children, passing the sport from one generation to the next.

Since there were no mountains in Minnesota, they built ski jumps or adapted to skiing on the woods and prairies of their new homeland.

A celebration of Nordic skiing will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and feature a talk and book signing by Ryan Rodgers, author of Winter’s Children.

Brita Sailer has been a member of the local Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club for over 30 years.

“It’s a really comprehensive history of a part of Minnesota most people aren’t familiar with,” she said. “There are pictures in his book of old wooden skis like those I learned to ski on. There are also stories of people who came over from Norway and brought skiing to Minnesota and North Dakota.”

Read the full article at Tech Register and learn more about the April 2 event with the Itascatur Outdoor Activity Club here.

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