Did You Know? Skiing was originally used as a form of transportation in Europe before it ever became a sport. The oldest evidence of skiing is associated in the region of Norway and Sweden from primitive carvings dating back to 5000 B.C. Until the 1800’s skiing was primarily used only for transport, it was after the turn of the 18th century that it became a recreational sport. The popularity of skiing holidays took off in the 19th century which increased substantially during the mid-1900s until today.