Danny's father is away digging gold so Danny writes him a letter asking him if he'll be home for Christmas. But the snow is so deep that no one will attempt to carry the mail over the treacherous Sierra Nevada Mountains. But Snowshoe Thompson knows a way. Based on a true story, this tells of the introduction of skis into America.
John Thompson was one of the many Scandinavian immigrants who introduced skis to America. Coming to California during the Gold Rush in the 1850s, he never struck it rich, but he managed to become a legend of his time.
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