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Evidence suggests that people in Scandinavia started strapping flat, wooden blades to their feet thousands of years ago to help them slide across the snow, rather than to try to slog through it. Little did they realize that their ingenuity just to survive their long, hard winters would eventually develop into a recreational pastime that is enjoyed by millions today throughout the world.
The fastest growing aspect of skiing is the "snowboarding." Snowboarding is loosely described as "surfing"” in the snow and is considered an extreme sport. While it still holds the image of a “rebel” youth male sport, snowboarding appeals to men and women alike in many age ranges, and beginners continue to enter the sport at all stages in life.
Snowmobiling began to take off in the 1950's as lightweight design emerged. At first, snowmobiling was a topic of dispute, because snowmobilers like to take advantage of the flexibility of their machines to travel off-road, thereby disrupting otherwise pristine environments. Others objected to snowmobilers because their machines were noisy and polluted the environment.