Below is a find from Kinnula, Finland. This decorated ski is dated to early Viking Age (decoration is enlarged in upper part of picture). Notice that its length is only 101 cm.The width is 12,5 cm. One explanation of the shortness is that people that used them were smaller than nowadays. Short and wide skis, however, are well suited for hunting in terrain with thick vegetation and deep snow.
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11/21/06 at 12:37am