Sport: Cross-Country Skiing Takes Off

Millions discover the winter counterpart to jogging

To get to work after the big snows in the East last week, a number of Manhattanites, from Wall Street lawyers to Broadway actors, simply got out their cross-country skis. So did Washingtonians, including Presidential Press Secretary Jody Powell, enabling him to better explain his boss's tumble while learning the sport in Maryland's Catoctin Mountain National Park near Camp David.

Cross-country skiing, or ski touring, which for years has dawdled in the valleys, a poor cousin to the downhill variety, has suddenly taken off. With more than...

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