A Brief History of Skiing

There is no aspect of skiing that passes the interest or eye of Patrick Imbardelli. This even includes learning about the history of skiing.

While it is obvious that for centuries, humans in certain areas and climates have had to face snow and ice for either parts or through all of the year, it is not surprising to discover that we have learned many methods of transporting ourselves through icy and snowy conditions. Over 10,000 years ago, humans made wall paintings in China that depicted them using skis. It has been further theorized that hunter-gatherers easily and logically figured out that using the tusks of animals that they had hunted and killed could help to transport themselves and their supplies across icy surfaces and areas.

Of course, skiing was originally a utilitarian activity. If one lived in areas that regularly received snow, it made sense to find the easiest transportation through such a setting. Skiing goes back far enough for it to be a part of Norse mythology, with a Norse god and goddess (Ullr and SkaĆ°i) hunting on skis.

In our modern times, it was the Scandinavians once again that helped humankind to evolve the next stage of skiing: that of being a sport. It actually had its base origins as part of military exercises and races that included downhill challenges. It seemed like a natural progression for the challenge of climbing a snow-covered mountain simply to come back down again as swiftly as possible on a pair of skis to become more than a military maneuver. It has grown into an obsession that millions of people worldwide participate in, using various devices and equipment to conquer the icy and snow conditions.

While Patrick Imbardelli remains best known and appreciated for his three decades of service as a leading executive in the hospitality industry, at heart he remains an avid and devoted skier. He is always happy to share his knowledge and love of the art and world of skiing with other enthusiasts and fans.