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Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

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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.
That it has developed into the leisure and sporting pursuit of choice by so much of the globe bears testament to its elemental appeal. In polar exploration, it has cha
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Hardcover, 456 pages
Published November 29th 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published September 29th 2008)
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Johann
Took me two years and three winters to read this book, each time picking it back up when the first snow fell. It's a comprehensive history of the ski, the birth of Nordic skiing as a sport, its role in polar exploration, and much more. Highly recommended to anyone who likes skiing and reading long detailed description of all pioneering events, techniques and equipment innovations. Also often made me feel nostalgic about skiing in Nordmarka.
Chris Johnson
This book was really good. They talk about the history of skiing. It also talks about Roland Amundsen and his friends journey to the south pole.They were the first people to reach the south pole. The author also talks about how skiing changed throughout the world. Theirs a part in the book that talks about how the military uses skiing to there advantage. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes history and or loves skiing.
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Sep 04, 2009 Brad rated it really liked it
It wasn't that bad. Sometimes he got a bit bogged down with the history of some dude who was the first to ski some fjord. Or the little girl who was totally awesome at ski jumping in 1850. But hey it's was the best random book I've picked up in a while.
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“More soberly, he gave an explanation of Telemark skiing terminology. This arose from the local dialect, a world away from the Danish-Norwegian spoken by the educated classes in the towns. The terms were not known elsewhere: The track of … skis in the snow … is called … a ‘laam’ (plural ‘laamir’). A clear distinction is drawn between a race with a jump, and one without. The former is called ‘hoppelaam’ [literally ‘jumping track’] … The other kind of race [is a] ‘slalaam’.” 0 likes
“It was the final division of skiing into two branches. In one way, it was merely codifying a fundamental distinction with psychological consequences. The Nordic events implied fighting the force of gravity. Alpine skiing exploits it. Ski-jumping is a hybrid: on the approach run you use gravity for the take-off but once in the air you fight it to keep aloft as long as possible. The” 0 likes
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