Video demonstration of a variety of ski techniques used in the 1940s.
Skiing has a history of almost five millennia. Although modern skiing has evolved from beginnings in Scandinavia, it may have been practiced more than 100 centuries ago in what is now China, according to an interpretation of ancient paintings.
The word "ski" is one of a handful of words that Norway has exported to the international community. It comes from the Old Norse word "skíð" which means "split piece of wood or firewood".
Asymmetrical skis were used in northern Finland and Sweden until at least the late 19th century. On one foot, the skier wore a long straight non-arching ski for sliding, and a shorter ski was worn on the other foot for kicking. The underside of the short ski was either plain or covered with animal skin to aid this use, while the long ski supporting the weight of the skier was treated with animal fat in a similar manner to modern ski waxing.
Early skiers used one long pole or spear. The first depiction of a skier with two ski poles dates to 1741.
Skiing was primarily used for transport until the mid-19th century, but since then has also become a recreation and sport. Military ski races were held in Norway during the 18th century, and ski warfare was studied in the late 18th century. As equipment evolved and ski lifts were developed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, two main genres of skiing emerged--Alpine (downhill) skiing and Nordic skiing. The main difference between the two is the type of ski binding (the way in which the ski boots are attached to the skis).
Also called "downhill skiing", Alpine skiing typically takes place on a piste at a ski resort. It is characterized by fixed-heel bindings that attach at both the toe and the heel of the skier's boot. Because the Alpine equipment is somewhat difficult to walk in, ski lifts, including chairlifts, bring skiers up the slope. Backcountry skiing can be accessed by helicopter, snowcat, hiking and snowmobile. Facilities at resorts can include night skiing, après-ski, and glade skiing under the supervision of the ski patrol and the ski school. Alpine skiing branched off from the older Nordic type of skiing around the 1920s when the advent of ski lifts meant that it was not necessary to walk any longer. Alpine equipment has specialized to the point where it can now only be used with the help of lifts.
The Nordic disciplines include cross-country skiing and ski jumping, which both use bindings that attach at the toes of the skier's boots but not at the heels. Cross-country skiing may be practiced on groomed trails or in undeveloped backcountry areas. Ski jumping is practiced in certain areas that are reserved exclusively for ski jumping.
Telemark skiing is a ski turning technique and FIS-sanctioned discipline, which is named after the Telemark region of Norway. It uses equipment similar to Nordic skiing, where the ski bindings are attached only at the toes of the ski boots, allowing the skier's heel to be raised throughout the turn.
The following disciplines are sanctioned by the FIS. Many have their own world cups and are included in the Winter Olympic Games.
Nordic combined - A combination of cross-country skiing and ski jumping, this discipline is contested at the FIS Nordic Combined World Cup, the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (odd-numbered years only), and at the Winter Olympics.
Speed skiing - Dating from 1898, with official records beginning in 1932 with an 89-mile-per-hour (143 km/h) run by Leo Gasperi, this became an FIS discipline in the 1960s. It is contested at the FIS Speed Ski World Cup, and was demonstrated at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.
Skiboarding - Using a snowboard in conjunction with standard ski boots, this discipline is essentially a combination of skiing and snowboarding. Various skiboarding competitions have been trialed over recent years, including the Skiboard Triple Challenge, United Skiboard Series, European Skiboard Cup, Skiboard World Cup and the US Skiboard Open.
Telemark - Named after the Telemark region of Norway, this discipline combines elements of Alpine and Nordic skiing. A relatively new competitive sport, Telemark racing is contested at the FIS Telemark World Cup and the FIS Telemark World Championships.
Grass skiing - Originally developed as an alpine skiing training method, skiing on grass has become established as a skiing discipline in its own right. It is contested at the FIS Grass Skiing World Cup and the FIS Grass Ski World Championships.
A collection of differing types of alpine skis, with nordic and telemark skis at far left. From right: a group of powder skis, a group of twin-tip skis, a group of carving (parabolic) skis, and then an older-type non-sidecut alpine ski along with the non-alpine skis.
Equipment used in skiing includes:
Skis, which may have skins applied or be textured for uphill traction or wax applied for minimizing sliding friction. Twin-tip skis are designed to move forwards or backwards.
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Skiing is one of the most fun and popular winter sports in the world. But as anyone on the slopes can tell you, there is some very essential gear you need to keep close before you move from the greens to the blacks. That's why you need the Athletico Ski Sleeve and Ski Boot Bag Combo designed to keep all your most important ski equipment dry and within arm's reach.
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The Lucky Bums Kids Beginner Snow Skis & Poles set is the ideal introduction to skiing for those 4 and under. With a rugged design including flexible bindings, scales on the bottom of the skis, and attached straps to ensure a secure fit, these 70cm plastic skis enable kids to get used to wearing skis in the snow and an introduction to the sliding sensation. The bindings allow for heel lift making these plastic skis with no metal edges the ideal first pair of skis for kids just learning to walk all the way up to 4 years old. Limited lifetime warranty against material or workmanship defect.
Made by StoreYourBoard, the leaders in gear storage, the Omni Rack is an adjustable, customizable Ski and Snowboard Wall Storage Rack for your home, garage, or shop!
The Omni Rack consists of: -1 Wall Mounted Track: 1" wide square steel tubing, 46" long, with 46 individual holes spaced 1" apart at which you can mount storage attachments -2 Wall Mounts: attach these to your wall, and insert the track through the mounts. -5 Ski and Snowboard Storage Attachments: hang your pairs of skis or snowboard between the parallel bars of each attachment
What Gear Can it Hold? -Weight: the Omni Rack holds up to 200 lbs pounds total, approximately 50 lbs per storage attachment, which is more than enough for all types of skis and snowboards. -What Skis Can it Hold: the Omni Rack can fit a variety of skis, including powder, cross country XC, race, wide, twin tips, and more skis, and also pretty much anything else in your garage!
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VLT (Visible Light Transmission) Reference Scope: VLT 0-10% - For sunny days VLT 10-25% - For partially clouded to sunny days VLT 25-60% - For cloudy days and dusk VLT 60-90% - For night and heavily clouded days
Notices: 1. In order not to damage the anti-fog layer when cleaning your goggles, carefully clean the lens with a soft tissue. 2. Lens replacement are sold separately. 3. Lens replacement is ONLY compatible with OutdoorMaster goggles. Not with goggles from any other manufacturer.
Lens With Frame Package Includes: 1 x OutdoorMaster Goggles PRO 1 x Protective Case 1x Carrying Pouch
Lens Replacement Package Includes: 1 x OutdoorMaster Goggles Lens Replacement 1 x Carrying Pouch
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Friendly Notice - Please do not use finger or rough cloth to wipe and clean the lens as they will either stain the lens or reduce the anti-fog effectiveness. - Please keep the goggle in the pouch or box instead of facing on the ground or desk. - Please do not use mascara or other oily substance in case lens gets dirty. - Please maintain ventilation of goggle or use hairdryer for perspiring after snow sport. - Please do not wipe the inner lens which will reduce effectiveness of anti-fog.
Don't settle for a regular old beanie that only keeps the top of your head warm. Protect your entire head & face with this classic knit ski mask.
3 holes cut with precision for allow the eyes and mouth to stay exposed for maximum efficiency while wearing.
Measuring at 14" x 7" inches, this ski mask is sure to fit over practically any size adult head.
Knitted ski mask made out of 100% acrylic, keep your face warm and still allows it to breathe.
Purchase consists of 1 mask.
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The High Sierra Core Series is the essential hauler for your snow sport gear. This Ski Bag & Boot Bag combo features high quality construction and durable fabrics with a back-to-basics approach perfect for any snow bound traveler. Hit the slopes in style with this matching Ski Bag and Boot Bag set!
KEY FEATURES All Mountain CamRock Profile combines the agility and float of rocker with the stability and power of camber Energy 2 Titanium Laminates on the top and bottom of the core improve grip and stability Full Wood Core provides improved energy return and reduced weight Push yourself just a bit further with the Nordica Enforcer 100 Skis Theyre all mountain friendly with freeski ambitions so theyre the perfect fit when youre not sure what weather youll be riding in On groomer days the camber section of the All Mountain CamRock Profile works with the Energy 2 Titanium Laminates inside the ski to give you high speed stability and powerful carves When the skies open up the Blunt Nose Profile and rockered tip and tail help you ride on top of softer snow as well as making these skis super agile and perfect for weaving in and out of trees SPECSProfile Rocker/Camber HybridWaist Width 100Bindings Included Not Included