Grass skiing was started in the mid-1980s as a method for training for alpine skiing. Short skis that were actually rolling treads, much like those on tanks, or wheels were used. These skis were attached to the skiers boots and a grassy downhill slope was found. Depending upon the skill of the grass skier, high speeds and jumps could be navigated. This area of the sport has not found a great following as of 2003.