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: Hambledon Continuum
  • Format: Hardback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 236mm x 36mm | 839g
  • Publication date: 29 November 2008
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1847252362
  • ISBN 13: 9781847252364
  • Illustrations note: 1, black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 464,584

Product description

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 traveling 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 with the emergence of modern man and the world we live in today.

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Author information

Roland Huntford 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 Amudsen: The Last Place on Earth and The Coldest March: Scott's Fatal Antarctic Journey.

Review quote

'Huntford has also undertaken the monumental task of tracing and explaining the development of the sport of skiing outside Scandinavia, particularly in Alpine Europe. As such, he has provided us with a much richer and more complex picture than was previously available from Arnold Lunn's highly partial "The Story of Skiing.'"--Sanford Lakoff

Table of contents

Working chronologically from Nordic mythology through to the modern leisure pursuit and Olympic stars of today.