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It is worth paying attention to the unusual shape of the ski. Its width and length (204 cm), as well as the square-cut back, indicate that it is a type intermediate between the arctic and southern ski. It comes from the western part of the USSR.
What is also interesting, is the hole in the front of the ski, which allows for a string to be threaded through it, in order to pull the ski behind, while supporting oneself with a pole if need be.

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It is worth paying attention to the unusual shape of the ski. Its width and length (204 cm), as well as the square-cut back, indicate that it is a type intermediate between the arctic and southern ski. It comes from the western part of the USSR.
What is also interesting, is the hole in the front of the ski, which allows for a string to be threaded through it, in order to pull the ski behind, while supporting oneself with a pole if need be. The string threaded through the hole also had a different function; it was used for steering the skis when going downhill.
A characteristic feature of this model is also the fact that the raised side edges, with holes for toe straps—used to tie the foot to the ski—were screwed down around the centre of the ski (the width of the opening: 38 mm; distance from the tip: 99.8 cm). The ski glide has no groove.
Skis of this type were used in the late nineteenth century for hunting.



Elaborated by the Regional Museum of the Association of Piwniczna Enthusiasts, editorial team of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums, © 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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