Welcome to Mountain Ski Tour! From downhill to cross country, and everything in between, we are passionate about skiing! We want skiers of all ages and abilities to enjoy this wonderful winter sport, which is why we are dedicated to providing you with everything you need to know for skiing in North America. Here you can find advice on improving your skiing technique, tips for the latest and greatest gear, reviews of the best places to strap on your skis, and so much more.
Skiing is a winter tradition that has been around for at least 5,000 years. In the middle ages, Scandanavian countries utilized skis to make hunting, combat, and farming easier during the winter months. More recently, skis were used by the Swedish Army during training in the 1700s. This led to improvements in ski design during the mid-1800s. By the late 1800s there were several ski manufacturers commercially producing skis in both the U.S. and in Europe. This commercial production of technologically advanced skis combined with railways that enabled city dwellers to access ski areas, led to skiing becoming a popular recreational activity. This burgeoning sport really took off in the 1930s when the first chair lift was installed in Sun Valley, Idaho. Improvements to both skis and ski resorts continue to this day. Now, with over 500 ski resorts in the U.S. and Canada, there are plenty of places to venture out on skis.