Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

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A&C Black, Nov 29, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 436 pages
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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 changed the course of history. Elsewhere, in war and peace, it has done so too.  The origins of skiing are bound up in with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.  
  

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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. Read full review

Contents

1 Skiing Necesse Est
1
2 Ski Tracks in the Milky Way
3
3 The Earliest Written Sources
15
Kalevala
23
5 The First Printed Sources
33
6 Norway The Cradle of Skiing as a Sport
45
7 The Influence of Rousseau
53
8 The Ski in Foreign Literature
61
21 Skiing Comes to Switzerland
201
The cradle of the Ski Resort
211
23 The English Skiing at Davos
221
24 Mathias Zdarsky
231
25 St Moritz
241
26 Skiing in France
249
27 Polar Exploration
265
28 The Inventions that Founded Modern Skiing
283

9 Evolution of Skiing as a Sport
65
10 The Men of Telemark
79
11 Development of Technique and Equipment
95
12 The First Nordic Marathon
105
13 The Conquest of the Mountain World
117
14 Fridtjof Nansen and the first crossing of Greenland
127
15 The Nordic Olympia
141
16 The Waisted Telemark Ski
149
17 The Rise of Ski Touring and the Misadventures of Roald Amundsen
155
18 As Important as the Plays of Ibsen
167
19 The Spread of Skiing on the Continent
177
20 Norwegians bring Skiing to AustriaHungary and Montenegro
187
29 The New World
297
30 The Study of Snow Structure
307
31 The First Winter Olympics at Chamonix
319
32 Mass Winter Tourism
331
33 The International Recognition of Downhill Skiing
339
34 Skiing Mechanized and Politicized
347
35 Military Skiing
357
36 Skiing Since 1945
375
Notes
391
Bibliography
401
Index
429
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Roland Huntford is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. He is the author of the award-winning Two Planks and a Passion: the Dramatic History of Skiing and Scott and Amundsen: Last Place on Earth and he is the biographer of Shackleton and Nansen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.

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