Slovenia - Winter sports in Celje region
The images are a part of the collection »The Winter: from fear to joy«, published on Kamra by the Historical Archive Celje. The story describes various aspects of life in winter in the Celje region: preparing food for winter, winter diseases, supply of firewood and winter fun. The end of 19th Century and beginning of 20th Century was a period of changes in understanding and experiencing the winter – people stopped hiding in closed warm rooms, the romantic adventurism of that period was demonstrated by the appearance of outdoor sports. Sledding, ice skating, skiing brought a new lifestyle and a new type of sociability appeared.
We can read in the newspaper “Domovina” that ice skating is the healthiest winter sport for all generations, because “ it improves the health as the physical activities are insufficient in closed rooms during the winter”. Ice skating is also social activity and it happened that many romantic relationships started on ice rings.
In the beginning of 20. Century the use of sledges changed from practical transport object to the object of entertainment. Sledding became the favourite winter sport among all citizens, not only children.
Skiing is a sport that widely opened the door to winter nature. From one side it filled hills and downgrades of the snowy lawns in the city neighbourhood, on the other side it opened the door to the mountain world, which was previously accessible only in summer. Skiing was closely related to mountain hiking, it was an upgrade of it.
Ski jumping is a very attractive ski genre. It is not a mass sport regarding the number of competitors, but attracts large crowds of spectators.
Ski jumps, which appeared initially in the Gorenjska region and later grew like mushrooms after the rain all around Slovenia, were primarily a reflection of the tourist prestige. Any place that wished to be attractive winter resort had to poses its own ski jump.
The first ski jump in Celje was opened in February 1933 on Petriček. The longest jump on the opening race was 32 meters long.
Collection provide by Jara. Zavod za razvoj knjižnic
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