This image of a Taos Pueblo man on skis is believed to have been taken around 1900 in the Hondo Valley a few miles down-valley from today’s Taos Ski Valley. He is thought to have been a mail carrier who delivered letters in a pouch on his back to the mining community of Twining. His long single pole was the early favored means of controlling speed and for turning. The effort both uphill and down generated lots of body heat; thus his trim figure and relatively light clothing. This is the oldest known image identified by the authors of an American Indian on skis.

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