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Skiing History

Skiing History In the History of Skiing, it is said that Skiing started in Northern Europe and Asia thousands of years ago. It is believed that the first skiers used Skis from the bones of large animals strapping the bones to the toe of their boots using leather strips. Meanwhile, wooden Skis believed to be 2,500" class="related_products_container" to 5,000 years old were found in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. All these early Skis were mostly used on flat ground since the Ski Bindings were loose toe straps that would not keep the Skis attached to the Ski Boots during downhill runs.

According to records on Skiing History, there was a time when Skis were used in a war. This was during the Battle of Oslo, Norway (A.D. 1200) where Norwegian scouts used Skis to spy on Swedish enemies. In 1747, a Norwegian military Ski company was formed. This paved the way of introducing the manner of fastening the Skis both at the heels and toes of boots. In this way, the Skis remained attached even in Downhill Skiing.

Modern Skiing developed in 1850. Sondre Norheim, a Norwegian, invented the first stiff bindings. He made them by tying pieces of twisted wet birch roots on his boots. These roots dried up and turned stiff. These Bindings provided more control than leather straps. With these improved Bindings, Sondre Norheim had come up with new turning motions.

Other Skiing enthusiasts marked the development of modern Skiing. In 1896, Mathias Zdarsky of Austria introduced the technique of pushing one Ski at an angle to the fall line in order to control speed. During the early part of 1900s, Hannes Schneider, also of Austria, got inspired of Zdarsky's technique and developed new stopping and turning maneuvers, which he organized into the first formal method of Ski instruction. It was later known as the Arlberg technique, in which most modern Skiing Techniques were based.

In the early 1900s, Skiing became a very popular competitive sport. The first Slalom race was held in 1921 at Switzerland. After three years, Nordic competitions became part of the first Winter Olympic Games, as well as the Alpine Skiing events which were included in 1936.

In the early part of World War II (1939-1945), Finland troops used Ski patrols to resist the Russian intruders, and in 1945, Ski troops of the U.S. army fought the Germans in the mountains of Italy.

After the war, Skiing was seen in a whole new perspective. Skiing winners of international competitions got increasing publicity. This publicity, as well as the extensive television coverage of different Ski meets and exposure to other forms of media, have stimulated fascination to recreational Skiing. In fact, around 400 resorts were built in the United States in 1960.


Nowadays, Skiing is the most popular winter sport, with about 45 million fans and thousands of Ski Resorts worldwide. The sport has developed itself in a couple of ways coming with a number of variations of which Snowboarding is the largest.

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phillippa
Saturday 21st March 2009 at 9:55:40 AM  

It''s an extremely useful website.However, it could have more about when skis were frist invented.

Tanner Hall
Tuesday 19th May 2009 at 7:32:44 AM  

You guys did a good job but it would be nice to have some facts about freestyle in there

stoika
Tuesday 27th October 2009 at 9:35:55 AM  

Great website! maybe some more info though.

Russell
Friday 5th February 2010 at 4:16:00 PM  

I agree with T Hall. There should be some facts on when freestyle skiing first emerged.

Marcello robello
Sunday 9th January 2011 at 11:37:37 AM  

Thank you!


 
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