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
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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