Grass skiing was invented by Josef Kaiser in 1963 with hopes of making skiing and ski racing a year-round sport. Starting out in Germany, the grass ski appeal soon reached many other countries including: Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Slovakia, France, Belgium, and England. The first official grass ski competition took place in Piestany, Slovakia in 1980. Then in 1985 the FIS adopted grass skiing, originally named “Track-Roll,” as an FIS sanctioned sport. The first international competition was held in Kalnice, Czech Republic in 1986. It was not long until the sport started to reach Asia and the Middle East: Japan, Iran, Taiwan, and parts of China are now a large part of the sport.
Today’s grasskis are the same basic design as the original; however, after years of development, the quality and durability of the grasski has greatly increased. With today's modern grasski equipment, skiers can experience the same thrill that they get on alpine skis year-round. The advancement of alpine skis, from straight to parabolic, has made grass skiing and alpine skiing more similar than they have ever been. Skiers and ski racers can now transition their skills from alpine skiing and apply them to grass skiing. They can train year-round while advancing their alpine skills on grasskis.
To learn more about the sport of grass skiing, see the FIS website.