Beginning with the use of the ski as a survival tool in the Ice Age of 20,000 years ago, the author of The Last Place on Earth chronicles the long evolution of skiing. Combing ancient Greek, Chinese, Old Norse, and Russian sources—and with nearly 50 black and white illustrations and maps—Roland Huntford documents the transition of skiing from a practical mode of transport for Siberian tribesmen and polar explorers to the elegant pastime and Olympic sport of today.
"In his early books, Huntford chronicled the race to the South Pole ... and wrote biographies of Ernest Shackleton and Fridtjof Nansen. [This book] seems a natural progression for him.... Huntford deserves praise for bringing together a lot of rich material."—NYTBR