Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the worlds only daily column that has a new favorite word idraet. We got to thinking about this word as we skied at one of the states smaller areas this weekend, watching in awe as dozens of skiers turned up their noses at Ski Sunlights comfy chairlifts, choosing instead to shuffle their way up the mountain using climbing skins.Millions of Summit Up Readers: OK, youve piqued our curiosity. So tell us already, what does it mean?Summit Up: You really wanna know? Alrighty then, heres the definition as best as we can pinpoint it, based on exhaustive research in Norse annals: Kvindernes idrt: Fra rdder til top, som sammanfattar hennes mngriga idrottshistoriska forskargrning. Boken, som publicerades ngon mnad fre sextiorsdagen, fljer en 200-rig utveckling av kvinnors deltagande i gymnastik och idrott i Danmark.Pretty cool, eh! Every single word in the graph was underlined by our spell-check program, and we could feel our computer start to vibrate and overheat when it came across the letters with the little diagonal lines through them, and especially the Os with the little-bitty o perched on top.MSUR: Very funny not! What gives? We didnt sign up for language lessons. And what is this stuff, anyway. Looks alien to us.SU: Actually, its Danish, and it refers to a philosophy which emphasizes spiritual and athletic aspects of a given sport as intrinsic values that are far more fundamental to the essence of its practice than any monetary gains or entertainment value that can be derived thererof (see: Super Bowl).MSUR: Yaawwwn! You kind of lost us. We LOVE sitting on the couch, eating cheese puffs while watching pro wrestlers hit each other with chairs.SU: Thats exactly what were talking about. Its much better if you actually go out there and experience the pain yourself. Which brings us back to the idraet we saw at Sunlight the other day. Were proud to say that we saw former Summit County resident and former SDN editor Jim Pokrandt out there, skiing up the hill with the rest of the pack to get in shape for the 24 Hours of Sunlight, an upcoming endurance race that involves several grueling laps on the 2,000-vertical foot mountain.Well never look at a chairlift the same way again!We out, burnin our quads.
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