It was not long before Man worked out how to move quickly through deep snow in the wilder parts of the world, as paintings discovered in the 1930s clearly portray. On the ancient artefacts, which were found in Russia and are thought to be at least 6000 years old, a hunter on rudimentary skis is clearly identifiable alongside reindeers. It is virtually certain that a form of skiing has been an integral part of life in colder countries since that time.
Obviously the principal use of skis until recently was for the transportation of goods and people or for the swift movement of soldiers patrolling remote, icy borders. Horses were clearly not much use in three metres of snow, so other methods had to be developed and skis quickly became as natural an accoutrement of everyday life as hats and gloves.
The Olympic Winter Games present five disciplines of Skiing: Alpine, Cross Country, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle as well as Snowboarding. To compete in these various disciplines one needs to master speed, endurance, dexterity, and determination.
Chinese Ski Association
FIS Member since: May 1981
President: XIAO Tian
General-Secretary: TIAN Youhua
Add: 56 Zhongguancun, South Street, Haidian District, 100044 Beijing, China
Tel: (8610) 68332578/68363115
Fax: (8610) 68332578
Events Commissions(Alpine Commission, Cross Country Commission, Ski Jumping Commission, Freestyle Commission)
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A national mass sports organization and member of the All-China Sports Federation. Its highest organ of power is the National Committee, the executive organ is the Standing Committee and the secretariat is in charge of the administration work.