Ski av furu som er breiare bak enn framme. Undersida er dekt med pelsskinn frå hest. Pelsskinnet er lima fast under skien og går så vidt rundt kanten på oversida, der det er festa ...
Ski av furu som er breiare bak enn framme. Undersida er dekt med pelsskinn frå hest. Pelsskinnet er lima fast under skien og går så vidt rundt kanten på oversida, der det er festa med skinnsnorer som går i kryss langs heile skiens lengde. Smale skinnremser er festa midt på kvar ski for fotbinding.
Brief Introduction of the Traditional Skis in Altai region of Xinjiang, China
Altai -- the first origin of skiing in the world, still has the ancient skiing appliance which includes fur skis and matched single wooden poles, holders made of animal skins and common cotton shoes. This old appliance already has thousands of years of evolution history in Altai area. It is the traditional heritage from the old generations of Chinese Altai people, especially Kazakh and Tuvan people.
The ancient fur skis’ shape is simple, the former narrow and the back wide, generally made of pine, no arc, no flexibility, with animals’ fur under the bottom (mainly the fur of the horses’ legs). The old fur skis have different sizes, based entirely on the users’ own actual situations and demands, by hand. Skis are usually longer than the users’ height about 20 centimeters with about 180 cm - 220 cm tall (some longer, up to 330 cm). And the central part is 12 cm -- 16 cm wide, about 2 cm - 3 cm thick. The front part is tip and greatly curls up. Single wooden poles are generally made by hard tree rods, usually longer than matched skis about 20 centimeters, which is about 190 cm - 240 cm (or longer), 3 cm to 4 cm in diameter. The stripe of animal skins, used for making bindings, generally is 1 cm - 2 cm wide.
The ancient Altai traditional skis have typically practical functions and they are easy to make, to carry and to repair. Up the mountain when the animal hair is inverted and the skis are anti-slip. When skis are slippery and animal hair is in the same direction down the mountain, the sliding of skis is not affected. Skis along with multi-functional single wooden poles and heel-lifting biding can combine together well, which are very suitable for running in the back countryside with thick snow, and can slide in all sorts of terrain, all sorts of snow quality types under complex conditions, such as different environments. In the past days it’s widely used in hunting activities and as part of their daily walking means of transportation.