On the trail of the first skiers - PART 1

Siberiapart1smSki+board / October 2015

Recent studies suggest the original skiers were not Nordic, but came from central Asia. Andreas Hofer went on a three-stage odyssey to find the Tuvan nomads — and ski with them — starting in Siberia.
Where did the world’s first skiers live? Ten years ago, the answer would indisputably have been in or around Scandinavia. Preserved skis found in Norway, Sweden and northern Russia date from between 3,000BC and 5,000BC as do cave paintings of skiers there. And this is the tradition that started modern skiing. When Sir Arthur Conan Doyle pioneered downhill skiing in the Alps he ordered a pair of skis from robed...Read more