The simple answer is that skiing has been around for a very long time, with some evidence that dates skiing back at least 7,000 years in Norway. One ancient carving from 5,000 B.C. shows a skier with a single long pole.

"Snowshoe Thompson," a Norwegian immigrant to California, used the same single-pole technique as he carried the mail on skis to remote regions of the Sierra from 1856 to 1876.