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A characteristic feature of the northern skis—used in the Scandinavian Peninsula and in Finland—was the disproportion in the length of two skis in one pair: one was longer (the one exhibited in the collection of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums measures 260 cm) and is additionally equipped with a sliding groove; the other, shorter one was used for pushing off (in the case of the present exhibit, the other ski has not survived).

 

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A characteristic feature of the northern skis—used in the Scandinavian Peninsula and in Finland—was the disproportion in the length of two skis in one pair: one was longer (the one exhibited in the collection of Małopolska’s Virtual Museums measures 260 cm) and is additionally equipped with a sliding groove; the other, shorter one was used for pushing off (in the case of the present exhibit, the other ski has not survived).
A toe strap, threaded through a hole located 132 cm from the tip and 124 cm from the tail, functioned as the “binding”.
The ski dates back to the nineteenth century; this type of equipment was widely used by Norwegian and Swedish troops.

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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Mountain ski from Scandinavia

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