Your Nordic Word of the Week - Ullr and Skade - Norse God and Goddess of Skiing and the Mountains Norse legends tell of Ullr (or Ull or Ollerus) and Skade (or Skada or Skadi), the god and goddess of skiing. Ullr represented the northern winter, which he spent hunting with the goddess Skade. He was also the god of death, combat, skiing, hunting and trapping, archery, and snowshoes. Ullr was famous for his marksmanship, and was always associated with a longbow made out of Yew. He also had a mighty shield that he could transform at will into a vessel to cross the seas, and rune engraved bones that he could use to cross waters (possibly an early form of ice skate).The goddess Skade was a huntress who often did her hunting while on skis. She was also a dark magician who ruled over mountains and wilderness, and was the goddess of winter, revenge, knowledge, damage, justice, and independence. It is said that she gifted hunters with the bow and gave them the skill to use it. Scandinavia is named after the goddess Skade, and she is said to dwell in the high snow-covered mountains there.
Although some of our skiers are on vacation from school this week, there will still be a practice on Wednesday. Hans will lead a group ( Eric is away) on a secret fun plan and a secret fun venue. Plan and venue will be announced shortly! Keep your eyes out for the email from Hans!
Thursday Extra Practice
We are very excited to have Noah Elbers (baker, artist, skier etc) leading the group of racers this Thursday. Please keep an eye out for the announcement of that venue location! Please be in touch with Jack Bell with any questions.
The Sliver Fox Trot is fast and furious fun! This year the race will be held in Strafford, VT and the format is skate. A number of Putney skiers will attend. Please consider joining! There is also a Citizen's race. Wouldn't it be fun for the kids to watch their parents "race?"See the link below.
2013 Silver Fox Trot - BKL and Citizen Races Simplweb- Ford Sayre
Have a great Week!
Ski far and ski some more!
Eric, Hans, and the Volunteer Coaches