Two Planks and a Passion The Dramatic History of Skiing

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  • Edition: Reprint
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  • Copyright: 2009-11-10
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Roland Huntford's brilliant history begins 20,000 years ago in the last ice age on the icy tundra of an unformed earth. Man is a travelling animal, and on these icy slopes skiing began as a means of survival.

Author Biography

Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. The biographer of Shackleton and Nansen, his other books include Scott and Amundsen: The Last Place on Earth. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.

Table of Contents

Preface, Acknowledgements
Note, Maps
Skiing Necesse Est
Ski Tracks in the Milky Way
The Earliest Written Sources
The Finnish National Epic Kalevala
The First Printed
Norway - the Cradle of Skiing as a Sport
The Influence of Rousseau
The Ski in Foreign Literature
Evolution of Skiing as a Sport
The Men of Telemark
Development of Technique and Equipment
The First Nordic Marathon
The Conquest of the Mountain World
Fridtjof Nansen and the first crossing of Greenland
The Nordic Olympia
The Waisted Telemark Ski
The Rise of Ski Touring and the misadventures of Roald Amundsen
As Important as the Plays of Ibsen
The Spread of Skiing on the Continent
Norwegians Bring Skiing to Austria-Hungary and Montenegro
Skiing Comes to Switzerland
Davos: Cradle of the Ski Resort
The English Skiing at Davos
Mathias Zdarsky
St. Moritz
Skiing in France
Polar Exloration
The Inventions that Founded Modern Skiing
The New World
The Study of Snow Structure
The First Winter Olympics at Chamonix
Mass Winter Tourism
The International Recognition of Downhill Skiing
Skiing Mechanised and Politicised
Military Skiing
Skiing Since 1945
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