Barnes and Noble: Two Planks and a Passion - The Dramatic History of Skiing by Roland Huntford
It is comforting to know that skiing did not suddenly take off, unimpeded, to the art form it is today. I am not a natural, by any means. But, apparently, putting skis on our feet didn't come easily, but evolved over time, as this 440-page history explains in great detail. From its earliest known beginnings to polar exploration to military skiing, Huntford delves deep into the sport: its equipment, people, places and purposes.