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The telemark ski, with the Huitfeld “B” binding, was probably made in Berlin. In the upper part of the skis, there are visible traces of previous reed bindings.

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The telemark ski, with the Huitfeld “B” binding, was probably made in Berlin. In the upper part of the skis, there are visible traces of previous reed bindings.


Elaborated by the Regional Museum of the Association of Piwniczna Enthusiasts, © all rights reserved

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How skis were hidden during the war

At the Regional Museum of the Association of Piwniczna Enthusiasts in Piwniczna Zdrój, you can find a pair of skis which might appear akin to fence boards to a shrewd eye. They are straight and do not feature tapered tips, characteristic of skis.

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At the Regional Museum of the Association of Piwniczna Enthusiasts in Piwniczna Zdrój, you can find a pair of skis which might appear akin to fence boards to a shrewd eye. They are straight and do not feature tapered tips, characteristic of skis.
During World War II, the Germans confiscated skis and boards longer than 150 cm. According to them, they were dangerous because they enabled couriers to make the crossing through the mountains. Although having skis was forbidden, residents of mountain towns, including the folks of Piwniczna, skilfully circumvented this ban − they carved skis, but not quite skis, which could be said to be just ordinary planks if need be. Sometimes a piece of metal was temporarily attached to the planks, which could serve as a fastening.

Elaborated by Editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, 
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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland.

 

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“Telemark” ski from the end of 19th century

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