(10) 1518 Von Herbertstein travelled from Vienna to Moscow and described skiers in his book: Rerum Moskoviticumpublished in 1556. (11) 1520 Rules were made about hunting on skis in Norway. 1855-1861 Skiing reported in New Zealand and Australia.
(12) 1521 – 1522 Fenno-Sweden’s Kustaa Eeriksson later the king (Gustav Vasa) led the fight of the Taala people against the Danish troops and they used skis. Born 10 June Morgedal, NOR, died 9 March 1897 North Dakota, USA. (17) 1856 Mathias Zdarsky born Koschichowitz CZE 25 February, died St Polten, 20 June 1940.
In Sweden, geologists have dated fragments of antique skis as being four thousand years old.
6300-5000 BC Oldest skis found in Russia near Lake Sindor (about 1,200km northwest of Moscow). (1) 6000 BC The word ‘ski’ (from suksi) was used in Finland.
(33) 1936 First Winter Olympic Games to include Alpine races (Slalom and Downhill but medal awarded for Combined only) for men and women. Competitors start the Cross Country according to points awarded for jumping and the winner is the racer who reaches the finish first.
1986 Developed in Australia, the Ultrasight Skigoggle lens was introduced by Carrera International 1987 At the Nordic Ski World Championships Cross Country races were held using both classical and skating steps. Giant Slalom, Parallel Giant Slalom; Parallel Slalom, Halfpipe and Snowboard Cross. 2002 At the German/Austrian Four-Hills-Tournament, Sven Hannawald (GER) became the first ever to win all four competitions and the overall ranking.
Thanks to all the FIS historians for their contributions to this page.
In a cave in the north of Russia can be found what may be the oldest wall painting in the world representing a skier. Below is a condensed history that marks some of the major milestones that have seen the world of Snow Sports evolve.
(6) 618-907 The Chinese referred to Mongol-Turkish tribes in the official history of the Tang dynasty: The wooden-horse Turks are accustomed to skim over the ice on so-called wooden horses, that is, on sledges (or runners) which they bind to their feet to run over the ice.Whoever got the most points in the two disciplines was the winner. Falkner: Meilensteine Ljenggren and Lindroth in Goksoyr (25) 1905 Finland’s first wooden ski-jump built in Alppila, Helsinki. President of the International Ski Federation 1951-1998.Pekka Honkanon (26) 1907 10 March First Italian ski competition organised by Milan Ski Club in the Valsassina. 1923 Ladies Ski Club Founded by Arnold Lunn at Mürren to encourage alpine racing for ladies.(18) 1863 – 21 January Run with a jump competition included the first known name of a female; 16 year old Ingrid Olsdatter Vestbyen. A Norwegian engineer, Nielsen, won – without sticks.(19) 1879 Ivar Holmquist born SWE, died 1954 First President of International Ski Federation, (FIS) 1924-34. (22) 1893 First attempts to make lightweight laminated cross country skis to replace heavy hickory skis, by H. Christiansen, Edvard Lillehagen and Thorvald Hansen of Oslo. (23) 1900 First German ski championships on the Feldberg, 3 February 1900, won by Bjarne Nilssen.(27)First accident insurance for skiers and mountaineers offered by Naturfreund of Austria in Vienna. (31) 1928 Segmented steel edge for alpine skis invented by Rudolph Lettner, a skier and metal worker from Salzburg, Austria. 1955 Skimatting used for the first time in the world at Oberhof.