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Skiing is a means of transportation or recreational activity which involves the use of two narrow strips of semi-rigid material worn underfoot known as skis. Ski Warfare is the use of ski-equipped troops in war. Nordic countries have used ski warfare for centuries. During World War I, the Italian Army used ski warfare during fighting in the Alpine Arch. In World War II, ski troops played a key role in the Finnish war effort against the Soviet Union in the Winter War of 1939. Skis were common means of transportation for Noregian soldiers during the Norwegian Campaign of 1940. Other countries such as the United States and Australia used ski troops in mountainous regions during the war.