Travelling around Norway, seeing people board the public transport system in Oslo with their Nordic or Alpine gear, it’s easy to imagine Norwegians born with tiny pairs of skis on their feet right back to their Viking ancestors. Skis, however, traditionally were only used sparsely in the country, for transportation across less-populated areas, before the late 1800s. It was only then, after the separation with Sweden, that Norwegian leaders looked to promote skiing as a source of pride (look a

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