First Skiers

First Skiers

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The origin of the sport may lie in remote Chinese mountains, where skiing is still a way of life.

Blasting through powder on wooden, horsehide-bottomed skis with a single pole for balance, an Altay skier shows off the skills and equipment his distant ancestors perfected.   Image © Jonas Bendiksen/National Geographic



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Image © Jonas Bendiksen/National Geographic

A lassoed elk struggles after Serik demonstrates the age-old technique of capturing game in deep snow. China bans elk hunting, so the animal was freed.
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Image © Jonas Bendiksen/National Geographic

Plans for building Western-style ski resorts in the Altay flitter among optimistic entrepreneurs. For now, at least in the high backcountry, skiing remains a way of mountain life.

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Image © National Geographic

The images are from the December issue of National Geographic magazine.



 

source National Geographic

 

By |2013-11-22T10:55:17+03:00Nov 22, 2013|Categories: Sports|Tags: , |

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