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Skiers on a roll despite no snow
The West Australian

As they tuck ski poles under their arms and effortlessly glide across sloped pathways, two bubbly European women attract more than the odd glance.

The double-takes are justified because this setting is not the Swiss Alps, it is the Trigg foreshore in summer.

Norwegian immigrants Elisabeth Balchen Grant and Vibeke Smith Kristiansen missed skiing at home so much, they took on the next best thing - roller skiing.

The Attadale mothers spend several days a week "rolling" around bike paths getting views few skiers would experience.

They hope their pastime will become a Perth craze for those wanting a skiing experience in one of the world's sunniest cities.

"Norwegians love the sun and beach but we also love skiing, so what's better than bringing the skis to Australia to ski next to the ocean," Ms Grant said.

"Every day is beautiful for it and the conditions are perfect."

Through their business Roller Ski Australia, Ms Grant and Ms Kristiansen have imported skis from Finland for a handful of Australians and hope to hold training classes and events.

Used by cross-country skiers for summer training, the equipment is similar to snow skis but with rollerblade wheels. Using modified poles, roller skiers can pull themselves uphill, through grass and, for more extreme exp-onents, off road and over gravel.

The women are qualified Nordic walking instructors and say they have Department of Transport permission to ski on bike paths.