National Geographic : 2013 Dec
story name here 93 Ski Hair Snow Turn left Turn right 1 2 3 4 5 6 Kola Peninsula, Russia Alta, Norway Rødøy, Norway Böksta, Sweden Zalavruga, Russia Sogoo Gol, Mongolia Baga Oigor Gol, Mongolia RUSSIA CHINA FINLAND KAZAKHSTAN MONGOLIA SWEDEN NORWAY AL TAY MOUNT AINSSCANDINA VIA SIBERIA 1 2 34 5 6 Rock art depicting skiers Area of ski origin (debated) 12 feet 10 8 6 4 2 0 FERnAndo G. BApTiSTA, dAniElA SAnTAmARinA, And mATTHEw TwomBly, nGm STAFF; dEBBiE GiBBonS, nG mApS; pATRiCiA HEAly. ART (SKiS, ABovE, RiGHT): HERnÁn CAñEllAS SoURCES: E. JoHn B. AllEn; ESTHER JACoBSon-TEpFER; nilS lARSEn; JEFF lEiCH Altay ski bottoms are covered with horsehide. in the past the hide was laced on; now it is tacked in place. depictions based on archaeological and historical records 3200 B.C. Kalvträsk, Sweden A long pole with a scoop carved into one end likely served several purposes: steering downhill, shoveling, and as a club for hunting. ca A.D. 750 Kinnula, Finland Shorter and wider, this intricately carved ski worked well on soft snow in forest terrain. ca 1600 norway Skiers glided on one long smooth board coated with tar and pushed forward on a shorter, fur-bottomed one. ca 1860s Sierra nevada, United States initially American miners used 10-foot skis to travel in the mountains, and over time they began using longer skis to race each other. ca 1800 Telemark, norway Foreshadowing modern designs, the shape of these skis, wider at the ends and narrow in the middle, improved control and turning. Today Skis continue to evolve, with lighter and stronger materials that increase speed and control. 6000 B.C. vis, Russia The oldest ski found to date has an elk head carved on one end that may have func- tioned as a brake.