The first record of skis in Canada was in the late 1800s.
Ever heard of the Birkebeiner Loppet or the Birkie? It’s an annual cross-country event held throughout the world to celebrate the efforts of a group of Birkebeiner loyalists who in 1206 smuggled an 18-month old baby heir to the throne from Lillehammer to Trondheim. They may have skied 330 kms but the annual Birkie near Edmonton has more modest distances.
As time went on, so did the technology. In Telemark, Norway roughly 200 years ago, they carved skis out of ash or hickory with the bow shape. The camber helped distribute the weight of the skier over the entire ski.
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As the Europeans migrated to North America, they brought their skis. The first record of skis in Canada was in the 1890s. As soon as people saw skiing as a recreation, design changes happened quickly. (In comparison to the last 5,000 years.) Ski equipment brands you see on the slopes today, like Rossignol or Head Skis, Lange boots, Helly Hansen, and Gore clothes, were named after the people who started the companies. It’s amazing what can be invented in the garage or the basement! Let’s not forget the Sno-Suft patented in 1939. That was the first-gen of snowboards.