Martha Stewart broke the internet last week when it was announced that she was the cover for this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit at the age of 81.
Why are we talking about this here on Powder Magazine? Well, for one, my writing is entirely dictated by the algorithm gods that be, and I figured the “news” was a solid opportunity to cash-in on all of the buzz surrounding Stewart.
Can you blame me?
In doing some research, I found that Martha Stewart is quite the avid cross-country skier. That’s close enough to real skiing, right? 😉
Stewart actually wrote a blog post back in 2011 about how she enjoys cross-country skiing at her 153-acre farm property in upstate New York.
Here’s an excerpt where she talks about why she prefers the sport to downhill skiing:
“I really love cross-country skiing because it’s an excellent way to tour the countryside. But, it’s also a really effective aerobic exercise, using muscles in the legs, arms, shoulders, back, chest, abdomen, and glutes. The kick and glide motion combined with the poling technique to propel you along, burns as many as six hundred to nine hundred calories per hour! Compared to downhill skiing, there’s a much lower risk of injury.Plus, you don’t need to purchase expensive lift tickets or wait in long lift lines.”
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As much as I dislike sweating profusely in the middle of winter to glide across flat surfaces, nearly die climbing uphill, and hold on for dear life while skiing down, she makes some good points.
Not waiting in lift lines? That sounds nice. Not taking out a small loan to afford a lift ticket? Sign me up.
If only Martha, or another cross-country skier, could figure out how to make the sport itself more fun. Until then I’ll keep risking life and limb while paying an arm and a leg for it at my local ski hill.
I’ll leave cross-country to Martha and the rest of you ‘nordorking’ skiers.
Who knows. Maybe you’ll end being a cover model for Sports Illustrated Swimsuit when you turn 81.
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