Montgomery Wards, Fall/Winter 1938-1939
“Hmmmph – kids today! Why, in my day, if you wanted to ski, you went next door and ripped pine planks from the sides of a neighbor's house and nailed them to your feet! Kids nowadays are spoiled – ordering skis from catalogs! Look at these — a whole 88 cents from Montgomery Wards! What a waste of money – don't they know there's a great Depression on?”
On this page of the 1938-1939 Wards Fall-Winter catalog we have skates and parkas and especially skis at prices that can cause a moment's heart stoppage. (Click to zoom in on the details.)
Of course, none of these skis are cross-laminated carbon fibre, and there's not a heated ski boot or GoPro in sight. Just you and some ski boots as “Waterproof as Leather Can Be Made” (which sounds like not very) and a couple of pine boards — or maple, or hickory if you're a 1938-39 style big spender — and some snow.
Simpler times. A pond to skate on sounds good too.