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Malqin crafting a traditional pair of Altai skis, Khom, China, January 2020

EXPLORING SKIING’S ORIGINS A HALF A WORLD AWAY WITH FLYLOW

A TRIP TO THE SNOWY ALTAI RANGE IN NORTHERN CHINA IS HIGHLIGHTED BY ANCIENT SKIING CUSTOMS PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS.

Written by Brennan Lagasse

Urumqi, China. Ever heard of it? The city boasts a population of more than 3.5 million, yet I had never heard of it until landing there in late January 2020. Its airport serves Altay, an even more remote prefecture in the far northern reaches of the Xinjiang Autonomous Region, where another five-plus-hour drive would bring me to the village of Khom, my final destination.

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