Skiing, or traveling over snow on skis, has a history of at least five millennia. The earliest archaeological examples of skis were found in Russia and date to 5000 BCE. Although modern skiing has evolved from beginnings in Scandinavia, 10,000-year-old wall paintings suggest use of skis in the Xinjiang region of what is now China. Originally purely utilitarian, starting in the mid-1800s skiing became a popular recreational activity and sport, becoming practiced in snow-covered regions worldwide, and providing crucial economic support to purpose-built ski resorts and communities.
- Scott Andrews, Curator and Research Director for the Ski Museum of Maine, presented the King-field Elementary School fourth grade class with a film and slide show covering the history of skiing in Maine.
- Skiing is such an important part local family heritage and of the area’s history, explained Andrews.
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