Independent: Norse Hit the Slopes in Greenland

Researchers, working on an 85cm-long piece of wood found near the town of Nanortalik, Greenland in 1997, now believe that it was a ski.

The plank of wood, believed to be Greenland's oldest ski, was rounded on the edges and has been dated to around 1010.

"It's very likely what is known as a 'short ski'," said Joel Berglund of Greenland's National Museum, adding the piece of wood is believed to have been brought to Greenland by Norsemen who set foot in southern Greenland around 980AD.