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  Skiing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Skiing or snowboarding outside a ski resort's boundaries, also known as out of bounds skiing, is illegal in some ski resorts, due to the danger of avalanches on the un-patrolled areas; or the cost of search-and-rescue for lost or overdue skiers.
Skiing technique is difficult to master, and accordingly there are ski schools that teach everything from the basics of turning and stopping safely to more advanced carving, racing, mogul or "bump" skiing and newer freestyle techniques.
Ski troops played a key role in retaining Finnish independence from Russia during the Winter War, and from Germany during the Lapland War, although the use of ski troops was recorded by the Danish historian Saxo Grammaticus in the 13th century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Skiing   (3501 words)

 History of skiing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Skis were used in the Sierra Nevada gold fields in 1850 and later to ferry mail from Carson City, Nevada to Placerville, California in 1856, crossing 94 miles in 4 days.
Downhill ski races (at up to 90 mph) were organized between competing mining camps by 1857, and hit their peak in 1869, under the rules of the Thompson Alpine Club.
From then on skiing was regularly in the news, and was soon adopted as a passtime and a sport by the wealthier classes of Europe, as well as being adopted by the military in several countries.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/History_of_skiing   (2055 words)

 SkiCentral - History of Skiing
History on the lost ski areas of Vermont.
History of Sondre Norheim - the skiing pioneer of Telemark.
Museum specializing in skis and the history of skiing.
www.skicentral.com /history.html   (654 words)

 A Brief History of Skiing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Skiing as a recreational sport started in the 19th century in Norway but people had been skiing for thousands of years before that.
Skiing exploded with the invention of the Telemark ski.
The skis were also shaped differently they were more narrow in the center around the binding and wider at the ends, creating a sidecut.
pubpages.unh.edu /~smarion/history.html   (624 words)

 Sondre in the History of Skiing
Also the use of skis was important for the hunter and the farmer, who spent mornings going far into the forests, returning with game and firewood in the afternoons.
Even if people were skiing all over the country and local skiing competitions were held in several cities and villages, it’s recognized by ski historians that Sondre along with the rich ski environment in Morgedal has had a crucial impact on the development of skiing.
Telemark skiing was not a part of this, and for years the Telemark style was practised by a relatively small group of enthusiasts.
www.sondrenorheim.com /history.htm   (2148 words)

 Skiing History - Skiing
Skis were used by Norwegian scouts to spy on enemies and later led to the implementation of a Norwegian military Ski company.
Regular ski drills became commonplace and this has been said to be where the first use of leather straps around the heel, in combination with the toe-strap, came into existence to keep the ski from falling off when skiing downhill.
Skiing enjoyed great popularity in the United States as a recreational sport from the start of the 1930s and was encouraged to grow by the development of ski tows and lifts.
www.bellaonline.com /articles/art31980.asp   (717 words)

 A Brief History of Show Skiing
No one knows what Ralph Samuelson, the acknowledged father of water skiing, hoped to accomplish when he created the sport in 1922, but it was soon apparent that one thing he wanted to do was put on a "show" for his neighbors on the Minnesota lake where he lived.
Information in the files of the Water Ski Hall of Fame in Polk City, Fla., indicates that show skiing as an organized activity was born in 1928 some 1,000 miles east of Minnesota in New Jersey.
The skis used in those early Steel Pier shows were made by another pioneer in water skiing, Fred Waller, who had concluded, much like Samuelson, that there was a future in the sport.
www.usawaterski.org /pages/divisions/showski/History.htm   (1632 words)

 NewHampshire.com - Winter - History of Skiing
From the first ski school in the nation, which opened at Peckett’s in Sugar Hill, to the first slalom race in the United States, held at Dartmouth in 1923, New Hampshire has long been invested in the ski scene.
Today’s ski areas are alive with the ghosts of those places that are no longer active.
With skiing contributing more than half a billion dollars annually into the state’s economy, there is little doubt that the sport has a bright future in our landscape.
www.newhampshire.com /pages/skihistory.cfm   (767 words)

Alpine skiing is the mainstay of winter recreation in the northern tier of American states and in the entire Appalachian chain down to the Carolinas, in the Canadian Laurentians, in the northwest’s Cascades, in the western Rockies and the far western Sierra Nevada.
Skiing became a defining Norwegian characteristic, implying strongly that Norwegians were too courageous and independent to be tied down by mere Swedes, the rulers of Norway at the time in an arrangement not popular at all with Norwegians.
The common bond of skiing built the Tenth into a formidable outfit which was undeterred by one of the war’s heaviest casualty rates among American divisions: thirty percent of its men were killed or wounded in the 10th Division-led breakthrough from Italy’s Apennines to the Brenner Pass in 1945.
www.skiinghistory.org /history.html   (8651 words)

 Skiing Heritage
A ski history time-line, short history of alpine skiing, short history of skis, SKI Magazine index, and more.
Ski Museums: Find regional ski museums and libraries, in North America and around the world.
The International Skiing History Association is a not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to preserve and advance the knowledge of ski history and to increase public awareness of the sport's heritage.
skiinghistory.org   (125 words)

 The History of Skiing at Mt. Rainier
Skiing among the snow mantled giants of the lowland forest is in overwhelming contrast to skiing the corniced open slopes near timberline.
During this first decade, much of the skiing was necessarily limited to the early summer months because of the lack of public overnight accommodations within the Park and because of the impassability of the road into the higher parks.
Funds were secured and the Ski Dorm was built by the Park Service and leased to the Park Company to house at least 80 people in four rooms in addition to provide a lobby and workroom facilities.
www.mashell.com /~mtrretail/history.htm   (1328 words)

 History of skiing in Lebanon
At first, skiing was not as appealing as it is today as there weren’t any ski lifts until the 1950’s, because before enjoying the thrill of a «run», the skiers would have first to the top of the slope on foot.
Skiing in Lebanon gained wide recognition as a serious pursuit in late 1930’s thanks to the French army who set an army ski school in the area of the Cedars in the north of the country.
Early 1950, the first ski lift was constructed but it was too small and could only be used for one month a year.
www.skileb.com /leb/history/history.asp   (491 words)

 Vermont - History of Skiing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Skiing today is used primarily for its recreation aspects as well as for its health benefits.
Skiing was seen as improving the mental and physical well being of Vermonters by offering a wholesome physical outdoor activity that made winter less dreary.
A listing in "The Complete Ski Guide" of 1940 for Bromley read "Forty miles of trails, 250 acres of varying slopes; cable tramway; three tows; popular with the metropolis as it is close to New York, possesses interesting slalom glade, all trails designed to insure maximum safety for all classes of skiing," (145).
www.vermonter.com /skihistory.asp   (4001 words)

 History of Skiing
Early skis were not made for speed, but to designed to keep a traveler on top of the snow as they went about their business.
Alpine ski equipment used a boot that was mounted to the ski at both the toe and the heel, and gave more control to the skier, allowing him/her to negotiate steeper slopes and ski at faster speeds.
It was during the 1930's that alpine skiing became a popular European pastime, as ski lifts were invented that eliminated the labor of climbing a mountain before experiencing an exhilarating descent.
www.speedski.com /historyofskiing.htm   (838 words)

 History of Tuckerman Ravine   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The first use of skis on Mt Washington was by a Dr. Wiskott of Breslau, Germany who skied on the mountain in 1899.
John Carleton was instrumental in convincing the Civilian Conservation Corps to cut downhill ski trails in the White Mountains, and one, the John Sherburne Trail, was cut from the floor of the ravine to the Pinkham Notch Road.
Jeffrey is the Director of the New England Ski Museum and an avid skier of Tuckerman Ravine.
www.tuckerman.org /tuckerman/history.htm   (1608 words)

 History of Ski in Iran, Iran Ski Federation Website   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Modern skiing though came to Iran around 1930, around 85 years after the first modern ski competitions took place elsewhere in the world.
Notice the ski poles on either side and the leather straps which were used as bindings.
The second group to bring skiing to Iran consisted of Iranian students abroad that would practice the sport in Europe and after returning to their homeland would follow up the sport with anyone else interested.
www.skifed.ir /history.asp   (482 words)

 Colorado Ski Museum - History
One of the biggest influences on Colorado skiing history was the 10th Mountain Division, U.S. Army men training for high country combat in Europe against Hitler's Nazi forces.
Skis were handmade from pine or spruce trees and ranged in length from 8-14 feet in length.
Father Dyer (Colorado Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame) was one of the early settlers in Buckskin Joe (on the eastern slope of Hoosier Pass) in 1861.
www.skimuseum.net /history.html   (1458 words)

 History of Skiing in Utah, Photo Exhibit, Univ. Utah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Utah has a long history of skiing, beginning as basic transportation and developing to today's multi-million dollar recreation industry.
In the early mining camps of Alta and Park City, skis were used to deliver the mail or just to get around in the winter.
By the 1930s, national ski jump competitions were being held at Ecker Hill, just outside Salt Lake City.
www.lib.utah.edu /spc/photo/ski.html   (180 words)

 History Skiing & Boarding Web Site Directory   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
We are a non-profit, membership supported Museum dedicated to collecting, preserving, and exhibiting elements from the broad spectrum of ski history for the purpose of research, education, and entertainment.
A tracing of the history of skiing in the United States from the cave scratchings in Rodoy, Norway, to Picabo Street's 1996 world Cup ascendency.
Created to preserve a comprehensive history of skiing in Utah and the Intermountain region, the archives offer a unique opportunity for historical and contemporary research into Utah's prospering ski industry.
www.onthesnow.com /snowlinks/skiing/history   (248 words)

 skiing: History
Although its origin is obscure, skiing was a vital means of transportation and a valuable military skill in Scandinavia, where skis more than 4,000 years old have been discovered.
Skiing was introduced into Central Europe at the close of the 16th cent.
Skiing enjoyed a tremendous boom in the United States as a recreational sport from the 1930s, spurred by the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y. (1932 and 1988) and at Squaw Valley, Calif. (1960), and by the development of ski tows and lifts, which can place skiers at the summit of a run in minutes.
www.factmonster.com /ce6/sports/A0861118.html   (204 words)

 Ski-profs.com -- The history of skiing
Then of course, modern skiing apeared between the two world wars in what is now known as the great ski resorts of the Alps.
It is therefore only fitting that there is a ski run in Megeve, called the "Emile Alais" that runs from the top of (you guessed it) the Rochebrune Cable Car all the way to the valey.
Ski resorts start popping up all over the Alps and some have more than questionable esthetics and impact on the environment.
ski-profs.com /History   (878 words)

 Teton Skiing, A History and Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
For Tom has not only skied the Teton backcountry as much as (or more than) anyone, but his interest in the area's heritage knows no bounds.
In his guidebook Teton Skiing, Turiano uses 221 pages to cover every aspect of backcountry skiing as practiced in the Tetons for the past century.
This fantastic book includes a detailed history, as well as descriptions for all the ski routes in the range -- from mellow walks through the forest to descents of wild couloirs that have claimed several skiers' lives.
www.wildsnow.com /tips/booklist/book_review_turiano.htm   (493 words)

 History of Skiing   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The first evidence of skiing comes from Scandinavia, where it was used as a method of transport during the long, snowbound months of winter over 4000 years ago.
Its spread was primarily due to its military value until the last two centuries, when it has blossomed into a popular sport and a multi-billion pound industry.
Skis were first used in prehistoric times to enable man to continue his hunter-gatherer existence throughout winter.
www.ifyouski.com /Information/History   (195 words)

 History of Skiing
One long pole 8-10 feet long was used to steer and to brake (sometimes by straddling it.) Turning was practically impossible on the long boards and one usually had to slow down and step around the pole to change direction.
In the Yampa Valley skiing was part of the early settlers' lives because it was one of the only means to get around in the winter.
Ending the week-long celebration is the ever popular night show with fireworks, synchronized skiing demonstrations and the famous Lighted Man. Howelsen Hill Ski Area is the oldest ski area in continuous use in Colorado, and has the largest and most complete natural ski jumping complex in North America.
www.yampavalley.info /history0035.asp   (492 words)

 Virtual Library of Sport - skiing
Skiing History International Skiing History Association -learn about the sport's past: notable dates, find 'lost' ski areas, historical race results, online ski museums, archived historical articles, recent news......
Ski Magazine of 'ski life'; instruction, mountain life, ski life, columns and articles....
Ski Central ski resorts by State, trip planning, snow reports, summer skiing....
sportsvl.com /outdoor/skiing.htm   (1035 words)

 History of Skiing in New Hampshire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Forest and crag : a history of hiking, trail blazing, and adventure in the Northeast mountains / by Laura and Guy Waterman.
A photocopy is available for use in the New Hampshire room (or at the reference desk when demand is high) and in the children's room.
A museum dedicated to the history of New England skiing.
www.hampton.lib.nh.us /scripts/links/jump.pl?ID=1268   (300 words)

 Pine Lake Ski School - History of Skiing
Dating back to 1922, the water ski world has come a long way from the two pine boards Ralph Samuelson first skied on in Lake City, Minnesota.
The following is a brief look at the history of the one of the world’s most popular sports.
The American Water Ski Educational Foundation (AWSEF) was chartered to fund the U.S. Water Ski Team, to plan and administer a Water Ski Museum/Hall of Fame and encourage educational opportunities for young skiers.
www.pinelakeskischool.com /history.htm   (951 words)

 Norway Info - Articles - The history of Norway
The migrations of 400 to 550 A.D. were a restless period of continental Europe's history, and relics found in Norway indicate that the same conditions prevailed there too.
The year 1130 was a water-shed in Norwegian history.
A period of peace was disprupted by conflicts; the civil wars which lasted right up to 1227.
www.cyberclip.com /Katrine/NorwayInfo/Articles/HistNorw.html   (6716 words)

 Amazon.ca: For the Love of Skiing: A Visual History: Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
It primarily chronicles the life of Alf Engen, and therefore, chronicles the history of Alta and and an important part of skiing in the west.
Engen was the inventor of modern powder skiing and richly deserves the honor of this book.
This is not really a general history of skiing, but a biography of Alf Engen who was a local hero in Salt Lake City, Utah and ran the Ski School at Alta for years and years.
www.amazon.ca /exec/obidos/ASIN/0879058676   (396 words)

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