For many years it has been commonly thought that the historical origins of skiing as a mode of transport for getting about and hunting in snow were in Scandinavia. However recent evidence that has now gained international recognition (including from the Scandinavians themselves) shows that the earliest skiing may date back 10,000 years and probably originated in the area called Altay in what is now the Xinjiang province of China, close to the Mongolian and Kazakhstan borders. The local people there still use the traditional hand crafted wooden skis with a fur base for getting around on snow.
A good Norwegian Telemarker friend of mine, Per Ståle Grude, at the invitation of Altay and Chinese officials organised a team of Norwegian Telemarkers to visit the region at the start of 2017 and to demonstrate modern Telemark skiing and to learn about the traditional Altay skis (and to try them out! ).
Per has produced this short video about the visit, I hope some of you will find it interesting!