4500 Years Ago

Evidence of an early ski stick was unearthed in Sweden (I think the stick often doubled as a weapon). PSIA founding president Bill Lash writes in The Official American Ski Technique, 1970, of the earliest ski found to-date:

‘The so-called Hoting ski is the oldest found. It was dug up by Swedish archaeologists in a peat bog in 1921, and its age is estimated at over forty-five hundred years old…

The Kalutrask Ski, found in a Swedish marsh, is about thirty-nine hundred years old. The ski is 204 cm. long and is 15 cm. wide at the center. It is of pine wood. A stick, with a hollowed-out blade on one end, was found near the ski.’ 2