A Look at a Brief History of Skiing

By: Muna wa Wanjiru

The skiing sport requires the use of common device called skis. The skiing device helps the skier to slide on the snow with the help of ski bindings that are attached with the boots of the skier.

Skiing is completely different sport from snow shoeing. It is also different from ice skating in line skating and water skating that are played on the snow. Though the characteristics of the skiing sports are shared with the snow boarding they are generally formed from skate boarding and hence it is not treated as skiing.

The game of skiing can be classified under two categories. History of skiing says the oldest category is the Nordic skiing that has been evolved from Scandinavian skiing. Six bindings are attached to the boots of the skier in the Nordic style of skiing. The heels of the skier are not attached to any bindings. Alpine skiing has been practiced from Alps.

Both toes and heels are attached with the ski boots in Alpine bindings. The history of skiing and the binding style indicates that skiing sport is liked and enjoyed by most of the people in the world. Telemark skiing have similar elements from both the categories.

According to the history of skiing this activity was considered to be a practical way of reaching from one place to the other. Sondre Norheim has been named as the father of modern skiing. During the 19th century Norheim forcefully tried to improve the bindings that will enhance a better turn during skiing on the hill slopes.

The techniques of the skiing were re established in the year of 1970. Bindings were firm with the feet of the skier and they proved to be more effective. This paved the way for the development of Alpine and down hill skiing.
History of skiing shows that during the 20th century Hannes Schneider of Austria formulated the idea of body rotation with the help of skiing device. This Arlberg technique gained popularity throughout the world and led skiing to become a famous activity of recreation.

The oldest ski remains were found in Russia which was roughly about 8000 years old. There are mainly six ways that has paved way for the development of skiing sport. The oval wooden board called the pedal snow shoe was entirely covered with fur. The sledge runner was considered as the practical model for skiing.

According to history of skiing, moccasins and sandals were combined together and it was named as fur shoes. The marsh shoe was preferably taken to the regions that were colder. The regions in the northern areas used canoe or the coracle. There were also used as sledges and they were called proto skis.

History of skiing also shows that varieties of skis have emerged from different regions during the same time. The people of Sajan Altaic Mountains in Asia were considered to be the original inventors of the skis. There were three different types of skis in the Asia and North of Europe. Horizontal toe piece binding was commonly used in the southern regions. Vertical four holes binding with the thin board was found on the Eastern Siberia. Thus each of the types can be distinguished from each other

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