Barrel staves are, as the name would suggest, long planks from old barrels. They’re bent on both sides, don’t have edges and are sometimes pretty mangy. It’s actually quite hard to imagine skiing down the piste on them. But you can. And the strangest thing of all is that it’s really good fun!
Although one thing should be made clear from the start: almost nobody arrives at the finish line accident-free. But then again, barrel stave racing has nothing to do with aesthetics.
If you want to try out nostalgic skiing, the best idea is to come to the Gamepele next to the sport and cultural centre on Tuesday at 20.30. You don’t need to bring much with you, but strong street shoes and warm ski clothes are recommended.