On the trail of the first skiers - PART 2

Siberiapart1smSki+board / November 2015
'Siberia'

Having failed in Russia’s Tuvan republic to find a tribe that has beenskiing for 8,000 years, Andreas Hofer crosses back into Mongolia.
Recent research suggests thefirst skiers came not fromScandinavia, but the Altaimountains, in Russia, Mongolia andChina. And reports have emerged thatthe Turkic-speaking Tuvan people stilluse home-made skis for hunting andherding 8,000 years on. Theoreticallythis makes it possible to ski with theoldest skiing race… on stone age skis.I add the word theoretically becausethe logistics of visiting the cradle ofskiing are daunting. Having gatheredtwo 4x4s to transport myself, a localguide, ski guide, driver, two mechanicsand a mountain of camping gearfrom Mongolia’s capital Ulaanbaatarto the Russian border, I was promptly forced...Read more