Prehistoric skis

Autumn 2015, Vågå

Historical ski track - and alternative to the snowshoe

Round year 700 b.c. was a woodenski lost or left on Lendebreen in Breheimen. Nearly 3000 years later - in 2017 - smelted the ski again from the ice. Small holes around the edge of that short and wide ski tells that there has been attached skin under the ski -  A predecessor to our current climing skis. The original Lendebreski is dispayed in Norwegian mountain center in Lom - and reproductions makes Jutulskinn in Vågå.

Autum 2015 reconstructed leather master Sofie Kleppe those old skis from Lendebreen in co-operation with skier Dag Inge Bakke decided measurements of the skis. Skimaker Kjell Bengtsen and Reidar Marstein made four pairs of skis in pine, that were first shaped out of the wood and then bended with hand tools. Leather tanner Sofie Kleppe fastened skins of elk, horse, seal and reindeer to those four pairs of skis - to find out which skin works best in the snow. Seal skin seamed to work best, but skin from elk and horse out well also. These short and wide Lendebreskis are funny skis and a good alternative to snowshoes. 

Today you can also use reconstructions of the orginal Lendebreskis.

Leather master Sofie Kleppe, skier Dag Inge Bakke and handicrafter Nils Teigen have decided together to make Lendbreskis for sale. Skis are made of a lokal mountain pine and impregnated with tar and linen oil. Skis are covered with horse skin or seal skin that are sewed to the skis. More beautiful mode of transport you need to search long after - if you wish to prefair to go with skis or snowshoes.


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