Feb 15, 2018

For much of the year, skiing is the only way to get around Khom, a village of wooden cabins heated by earthen stoves, five hours' drive from the nearest major town in the northern Altay region of Xinjiang.

Skiing’s origins in China’s remote west

Mieergenku, 12, stands in a door of a log cabin next to traditional handmade horse-hide skis at Khom village of Altay, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, January 27, 2018. JASON LEE/REUTERS

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