Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing

Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing


By (author) Roland Huntford

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  • Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
  • Format: Paperback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 232mm x 36mm | 721g
  • Publication date: 10 November 2009
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1441134018
  • ISBN 13: 9781441134011
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 63 bw illustrations
  • Sales rank: 496,490

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Predating the wheel, the ski has played an important role in our history. This is brilliantly brought to life in this engaging book. 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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Author information

Roland Huntford is is the world's foremost authority on the polar expeditions and their protagonists. The biographer of Shackleton and Nansen, his other books include Scott and Amundsen. He was the Scandinavian correspondent on The Observer for many years.

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"'Huntford manages to bind a wealth of material together with a strong narrative thread.' The Independent on Sunday 'What elevates Huntford is his comprehensive approach... accessible and enjoyable, even to the most armchair bound of 'schussers'.' The Times 'The most in-depth study of skiing currently in the English language and it will no doubt remain the defining record for some time.' The Guardian 'This will be skiing's definitive history for years to come' Times Literary Supplement"

Table of contents

Preface, Acknowledgements; Note, Maps. 1. Skiing Necesse Est; 2. Ski Tracks in the Milky Way; 3. The Earliest Written Sources; 4. The Finnish National Epic Kalevala; 5. The First Printed; 6. Norway - the Cradle of Skiing as a Sport; 7. The Influence of Rousseau; 8. The Ski in Foreign Literature; 9. Evolution of Skiing as a Sport; 10. The Men of Telemark; 11. Development of Technique and Equipment; 12. The First Nordic Marathon; 13. The Conquest of the Mountain World; 14. Fridtjof Nansen and the first crossing of Greenland; 15. The Nordic Olympia; 16. The Waisted Telemark Ski; 17. The Rise of Ski Touring and the misadventures of Roald Amundsen; 18. As Important as the Plays of Ibsen; 19. The Spread of Skiing on the Continent; 20. Norwegians Bring Skiing to Austria-Hungary and Montenegro; 21. Skiing Comes to Switzerland; 22. Davos: Cradle of the Ski Resort; 23. The English Skiing at Davos; 24. Mathias Zdarsky; 25. St.Moritz; 26. Skiing in France; 27. Polar Exloration; 28. The Inventions that Founded Modern Skiing; 29. The New World; 30. The Study of Snow Structure; 31. The First Winter Olympics at Chamonix; 32. Mass Winter Tourism; 33. The International Recognition of Downhill Skiing; 34. Skiing Mechanised and Politicised; 35. Military Skiing; 36. Skiing Since 1945; Bibliography.