Ski archery is a combination of Archery and Nordic cross-country skiing.
It takes its origin in the Scandinavian countries hundreds of years ago. The most ancient pictures showing a skier carrying a bow are found through the work of the Norwegian Claus MAGNUS, circa 1540. The characters were represented in shooting position with a very short recurve bow.
Ski archery saw a rebirth in Italy in the mid-1980s. Since then, it has gone through many changes and modifications that have brought it to the current rules.
World Archery recognised the discipline of ski archery in 1991. The sport is becoming popular in Italy, France, USA, Germany, Ukraine, Slovenia, Russia and Japan. One of the objectives is to gain more top level athletes and countries participating.
The International Biathlon Union (IBU) and World Archery had built a partnership to develop the discipline. As of the (northern) winter season 2006, World Archery has become the international governing body for ski archery.
International events are being organised every winter.
Where they exist, World Archery member associations are invited to submit the name of the official Ski Archery Coordinator in their country.