The World's First Skiers...Ever

Dec 12, 2013

As the first snows fall, weekend warriors from all over New England will pack up the car, strap the skis to the roof and hit the slopes for a fairly expensive getaway. But in some places, skiing is a strategy for staying alive. Mark Jenkins, a contributing writer for National Geographic traveled to the northern most fringe of western China where skiing was invented many millennia ago. He spoke with the people who carry on the earliest skiing traditions, using the same resources and methods as their ancestors.

Check out a video of the skiers in action:

All images are from the December issue of National Geographic magazine
All images are from the December issue of National Geographic magazine
Credit National Geographic