An Alpine Pass on “ski”

ACD_1There is nothing peculiarly malignant in the appearance of a pair of “ski.”  They are two slips of elm-wood, 8ft. long, 4in. broad, with a square heel, turned-up toes, and straps in the centre to secure your feet.  No one to look at them would guess at the possibilities which lurk in them.  But you put them on, and you turn with a smile to see whether your friends are looking at you, and then the next moment you are boring your head madly into a snow-bank, and kicking frantically with both feet, and half rising only to butt viciously into that snow-bank again, and your friends are getting more entertainment than they had ever thought you capable of giving. …

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