There are at least 13 sets of crude, handmade wooden skis pictured here with no two sets alike. And not everyone made it in the photo as can been seen on both sides.
This was one of the young sets most favorite winter activities in Gustavus, Alaska. But the little children could not go alone, of course, and would have to wait until the Parker brothers were in the mood to take them. This would result in a lot of "nagging" and "pleading" according to Glen Parker, and a great ruckus of joy when the request was granted.
It also involved getting up very early in the dead of winter, hours before daylight, to allow time for the long hike with boots (and carrying the heavy awkward skis) to get there. When there was no energy left to climb the hills one more time, there was still a long, cold hike home.
Somehow, as with all things that require a lot of work to support the fun (considering how often they did it), they must have thought it was worth it.
In photo: Front row Lt. to Rt. is "Billy" Henry Peterson, Glenna Robinson, Ed White, Verna Robinson, Jeannie Parker.
In back row Lt. to Rt. is the head of Henrietta White (behind "Billy"), Wanda Robinson, Gloria White, Dorothy White (in striped hat), Geneveive White, Alberta Parker, and slightly forward Angle Peterson.