The evolution of skiing is a long and complex web of stories, research and artifacts spanning roughly 10,000 years, depending on which ski historian you speak to. Historians are divided on where and when skiing started; some argue northwest Russia and/or Norway and others point to evidence into rocks and preserved in bogs of engravings depicting skiers. This featured illustration, created by the National Geographic, points to the Altay region in China, as the starting point of skiing in 8000 B.C., where they used horsehair for better traction in ski ascents (much like today’s skins used by today’s ski mountaineers and backcountry skiers).
The following vignettes are part of an article entitled, “Made in Canada,” researched and written by Bob Soden, as part of the Canadian Ski History Writers Project, funded by the Chawkers Foundation of Canada through a grant to the Canadian Ski Museum. To read the full story please see HERE.