I am cooperating with Austria producer named Christian Balek and I am also producing some material for grasski. So if someone is still interrested in Grassking, send me email and I can arange sending you grasski. The price for skis is around 230 Euro + shipping (depends on lenght of skis).
I have own web page www.grasski.net
where are informations about grasski and pictures and more.
About skis...right now are only two producers of grasski, both are from Austria, but second one is bit falling behind. So if you are interrested in skis, I prefer Balek skis.Development of grassking
Mr. Josef Kaiser ( Germany ) designed the first pair of grasskies in 1963. In 1979 the first World Championship took place (giant slalom, slalom special and combined race).
This sport belongs to one of the youngest ones not only in our country but also in the world. Its history begins in the 70s when company Drukov Brno manufactured its first grasskies, which were introduced to general public at the Interski event in the High Tatra Mountains ( Slovakia ). The first greater boom was recorder near the town of Piešťany ( Slovakia ), were public test rides were demonstrated during the SNP Cup competition. The organisers wanted to show a more effective way of summer training for alpine skiers.
The first official competition took place in Piešťany in 1980. After these pioneer years grassking began to develop also in other ski resorts, in Kálnica near Nové Mesto nad Váhom and Tišnov near the city of Brno . Thanks to perfect organizational skills of the Kalnica ski team members our grassskiers gained their posts at the international scene in the following years.
First international FIS competition held in the Czech Republic took place in Kálnica in 1986. Also this very well organizationally and socially prepared event was a reason why after ten years of development of a new sport discipline its founders could celebrate their first greater success. Grassking was accepted by the Central Committee of the Czechoslovak Association of Physical Education in Prague into the system of Czechoslovak physical education.
Grassking recorded its development side by side also in Bohemia and Moravia , especially in Brno , Tišnov, Ostrava , Vrchlabí and the region of Beskydy Mountains . The first official National Championship took place in Tišnov in 1986. Greater mass development of grassking was slowed down by lack of special equipment and skies.
In 1988 two manufacturers of equipment for grasskiers appeared on the market. It was the Koh-i-noor company situated in Bílovec, the traditional manufacturer of ski equipment under the Massag trademark. The second one was the former Agricultural Cooperative in Plumlov.Bit info about grassking
Like normal alpine skiing, also grasski underwent big changes in last years. I mean mainly the speed of skis and turning of skis. We used GPS to measure speed in slalom at very flat slope and we get amaizing 65km/hour in SLALOM!! And there are slopes like Forni di Sopra in Italy, where I suppose, that in SG we fly around 90-100km/h.
Skiing technique is in slalom very similar to alpine skiing, bit diference I see in gigant slalom, where you have to push more carefully on the edge.
I am training only on grasski, but racing also in winter and I have 70 slalom FIS points without training on snow! In summer I belong to top 5.