The skis have been important for hunting, trapping and travel in areas where snow has covered the land for long parts of the year. From prehistoric times skis have, due to their construction and carrying capacity, been the most important land based means of travel in northern areas.
Historical sources and archaeological finds show that the skis and the use of skis were integrated parts of the Sami culture far back in time.
One of the oldest ski finds in Norway is from a burial site at Ceavccageađge/Mortensnes.
The find originally included fragments of two skis and was found by A. G. Nordvi in 1853. The find is dated to about 400 BC.