- Gordon Dumoulin
In the light of China's Winter Olympics, ancient cross-country skiing in Xinjiang...
In the light of Beijing’s Winter Olympics, China winter sports in different times…
𝗧𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗰𝗿𝗼𝘀𝘀-𝗰𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝘀𝗸𝗶𝗶𝗻𝗴
𝗶𝗻 𝗔𝗹𝘁𝗮𝘆 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗡𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗫𝗶𝗻𝗷𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗴 𝗔𝘂𝘁𝗼𝗻𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘂𝘀 𝗥𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗼𝗻
𝗴𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗻𝗱𝘀 𝗼𝗳 𝘆𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘀...
Skis made from pinewood and furry horsehide have been a mode of transportation in the Altay region of North-West Xinjiang (bordering Russia and Kazakhstan) since ancient times.
Altay is believed to be one of the places where skiing originated. An ancient rock paint found shows people hunting with fur skis dates back about 10,000 years.
Traditional ski festivals, competitions and tours have been organised in recent years to preserve the ancient heritage of these unique cross-country skiing techniques with fur skis.
See a short video impression in following link of a group of local herdsman who went on a 300 km field trip on these ancient snowboards a few years back in following 5iZ blog post :
Different China, Ancient Cross Country Ski