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Because of  slow downhill speeds, skiers had no need for helmets before the advent of modern alpine racing. When steel edges and the Kandahar binding were developed in the early 20th century, racers started achieving speeds over 30 mph. However, the ski helmet was hardly considered as a consumer product until as recently as 1990.

Learn more at http://skiinghistory.org/history/ski-helmets-how-we-got-here
by Ana Fonseca
British Columbia is the world’s leading heli-ski region. Heli-skiing was introduced in B.C. by Hans Gmoser, an Austrian mountain guide, in the 1960s.

Learn more at http://www.powderhounds.com/Canada/Heli-Skiing.aspx
by Ana Fonseca
Canada is one of the world’s leading nations for skiing with ski resorts in every province and over 300 ski areas across the country.

Learn more at http://www.snow-forecast.com/countries/Canada-BC/resorts
by Ana Fonseca
Canadians Allan and Brenda Drury were the pioneers of cat-skiing in the 1960s.

Learn more at
http://skicanadamag.com/2007/01/07/travel/sekirk-wilderness-cat-skiing
by Ana Fonseca
Downhill skiing as a separate sport from other kinds of skiing, emerged in Canada in the 1930s, about 80 years after the Norwegian Telemark technique was invented.

Learn more at http://www.skimuseum.ca/alpine.php
by Ana Fonseca
Engineers have developed "Smart Ski" technology to cancel vibration on the slopes. They  hope they will be able to use this technology not only to control vibration but to perceive ski damage and speed changes in order to adjust and improve performance.

Learn more at http://illumin.usc.edu/11/engineering-a-smooth-ride-creating-the-perfect-ski-through-shaping-and-vibration-damping/
by Ana Fonseca
In 1956, Lucile Wheeler won Canada’s first downhill skiing Olympic medal in Italy.

Learn more at http://www.conacher-rosenfeld.ca/les_gagnants-winners/rosenfeld/lucile_wheeler-eng.html
by Ana Fonseca
In 2011, Nova Scotia introduced 'The Snowsport Helmet Act', becoming the world’s first ski region to make helmets legally mandatory for all skiing and snowboarding on the slopes.

Learn more at http://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20111206004
by Ana Fonseca
In the late 1860s, Norwegian farmer Sondre Norheim introduced the first bindings with stiff heel bands. He also popularized the Telemark technique (free-heel skiing) and shorter, sidecut skis to facilitate the turning manouvers essential to control one’s speed in downhill skiing. He is known as the father of modern skiing.

Learn more at http://www.sondrenorheim.com/index.html
by Ana Fonseca
Ingrid Olsdatter Vestbyen was the first recorded female ski jumper at Trysil competition, in Norway in 1863. In 2011 the sport finally won inclusion at the Olympics. Female ski jumpers will compete at the 2014 Sochi Olympics for the first time.

Learn more at http://www.skijumping-info.com/component/content/category/9-general.html and http://www.pri.org/stories/2013-12-30/women-are-finally-cleared-flight-sochi
by Ana Fonseca
Ski Norwegian lieutenant Olaf Rye became the first known ski jumper in 1809. He jumped 9.5 meters in the air. However, Sondre Norheim popularized the sport when he jumped over a rock and reached 30 meters without the use of poles in the 1860s.

Learn more at http://www.sportinglife360.com/index.php/the-history-of-ski-jumping-at-the-winter-olympics-17305
by Ana Fonseca
Ski resorts became financially feasible when city dwellers could reach them in the winter by train. In Canada, the Canadian Pacific Railroad encouraged tourism. Alpine hotels were built and Swiss guides were hired. They helped to pioneer alpine skiing throughout the region in the late 1800s.

Learn more at http://skiinghistory.org/history/ski-trains-history
by Ana Fonseca
Skiing is one of the oldest sports. Rock paintings, pieces of skis and poles, preserved in the bogs of Scandinavia and Russia, show that its history dates back at least 6000 years. It initially had a utilitarian purpose while serving as a means of transportation among hunters and farmers to travel across the snowy fields.

Learn more at The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II  By E. John B. Allen
by Ana Fonseca
Skiing provides a myriad of health benefits from exercising all the major muscle groups to improving your cardiovascular system. However, it is advised to digest food properly - if skiing after a meal - to avoid dizziness and accidents on the slopes.

Learn more at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-152897/Why-skiing-good-you.html
by Ana Fonseca
Several world conflicts in history involved a race to conquer the top of mountains by skilled ski soldiers to establish advantageous positions in battles.
 
Hopefully it remains as a sport of peace and pleasure in our time! 

Learn more at http://www.theskichannel.com/news/20090807/guns-blood-skis-the-history-of-ski-warfare/
by Ana Fonseca
“Slalom” is a Norwegian word (“slalåm”) derived from two local dialects: “Sla” ("slanting terrain") and “låm” ("traces in the snow").

Learn more at http://www.sondrenorheim.com/skisbindingsstyle.htm
by Ana Fonseca
The process of smoothing out snow surfaces started before the development of ski lifts and trails: Horse-drawn agricultural rollers were commonly used to pack down snowy roads. Caterpillar tractors were used to haul the agricultural rollers on the ski slopes.

Learn more at http://skiinghistory.org/history/slope-grooming-how-it-started
by Ana Fonseca
The word Ski is a Norwegian word from the Old Norse skīth, a piece of wood.

Learn more at www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ski
by Ana Fonseca
The world’s first quad detachable chairlift was built by Doppelmayr in Breckenridge, Colorado in 1981. It now operates at Owl's Head, in Quebec's Eastern Townships as the Lake Chair.

Learn more at http://www.coloradoskihistory.com/areahistory/breckenridge.htm   and    http://buzz.snow.com/snow-squad/b/weblog/archive/2011/04/01/unique-chairlift-engineering-at-breckenridge.aspx
by Ana Fonseca
Three Canadian Alpine skiers participated in wind tunnel testing to improve aerodynamic drag by monitoring racing positions.

Learn more at http://www.alpinecanada.org/news/2012/canadian-speed-skiers-take-part-audi-wind-tunnel-testing
by Ana Fonseca

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