Paal Zandstra Krokeide, a military advisor at the Norwegian mission to the United Nations, was greeted with cheers on Friday as he sped over the city's snow-covered streets, making his daily commute in 45 minutes.
"Most unlikely ski hero since Eddie the Eagle I'm afraid," Krokeide tweeted after the photos appeared in the Washington Post. "It helps to correct bureaucratic image. I will take my two year-old in a sled to work next week to top this".
The snowstorm hit New York on Friday, shutting down the John F Kennedy airport, the city's ferries, and all the city's schools.
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Krokeide, a native of Bergen, mocked the chaos, tweeting: "Blue #swix skiwax worked perfect. Xtreme weather?"