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Area 6
SKIING AND WINTER SPORTS

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Skiing did not originate as recreation, but as a means for moving over the snow for the populations of north Europe. Known and practised in the north for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years, skiing arrived in the Alps only at the end of the 19th century, when mountaineers realised that it could be useful for ascending the mountains in winter. Skiing’s true vocation was revealed in the pleasure of the descent, becoming a mass sport after the Second World War.

Snow skates

Winter is no longer a taboo. Tourists begin to frequent the snow-covered valleys and to slide down the snow fields. At the end of the 19th century, engineer Adolfo Kind introduced the practice of “snow skates”, starting on the domestic snow-covered slopes of Turin’s hill and then experimenting on the mountains of Giaveno and the upper Susa Valley. Skis were not a bizarre idea of eccentric minds, but a devilish implement destined to overturn the destiny of the Alps.

 

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Area 5  WINTER MOUNTANEERING

Area 5
WINTER MOUNTANEERING

The most extreme boundary is winter mountaineering, which originated on Uja di Mondrone in December 1874 with the ascent of Castagneri, Martelli and Vaccarone. Climbing the mountains in the most unfavourable season meant breaking the final taboo of valley...

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Area 7 MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE EUROPE

Area 7
MOUNTAINS OUTSIDE EUROPE

The most truthful representation of the dimensions of the Himalayas is offered by the east face of Monte Rosa, which dominates the Macugnaga valley and the plain around Novara. But the day came when not even the Monte Rosa was enough to satisfy the mountaineers. With...

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Area 8 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Area 8
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

For almost a thousand years, Alpine civilisation developed in a balanced equilibrium between nature and culture. Man drew resources from the environment without ever going beyond the limits of the resources themselves. With 19th- and 20th-century industrialisation,...

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Area 9 PIACENZA COLLECTION

Area 9
PIACENZA COLLECTION

Mario Piacenza was born in 1884 at Pollone, near Biella, not far from Turin, into a family of industrialists dedicated to wool manufacturing from several generations. He carried out various activities in the field of mountaineering and was also the director of the...

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Area 10 THE TURIN 2006 OLYMPIC MUSEUM

Area 10
THE TURIN 2006 OLYMPIC MUSEUM

In 2006, on the occasion of the XX Winter Olympic Games and the IX Winter Paralympic Games, Turin and its valleys experienced a moment of great appreciation and were at the centre of international attention. The Museomontagna conserves the memory of the sports events...

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