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Skiing's Origins Being Preserved in Remote Western China

On the western edge of China, Sulita straps on his skis and heads out into a winter morning. The temperature is -30 degrees Celsius (-22 Fahrenheit). For much of the year, skiing is the only way to get around Khom, a village of wooden cabins heated by earthen stoves, five hours' drive from the nearest major town in the northern Altay region of Xinjiang. The design of skis such as the ones used by Sulita, who like many people in this region uses just one name, has barely...

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