Sliding down snowy hills on skis with fixed-heel bindings is known as alpine skiing. The term “downhill skiing” is also used however it encompasses a variety of techniques. Compared to other types of skiing, such as cross-country skiing, ski jumping, and telemarking, alpine skiing is the most common type. Alpine skiing is popular in portions of Europe, North America, Australia, New Zealand, the South American Andes, and East Asia, where the combination of snow, mountain slopes, and a sufficient tourism infrastructure can be built up.
In Australia, Kiandra, and North America in the Swiss Alps, alpine skiing began as a club sport in 1861. Ski resorts with ski lifts are where most people go for alpine skiing these days. Grooming, avalanches, and tree removal are used to create routes in the snow. Many ski resorts also have snowmaking equipment to provide skiing in inclement weather. Alpine skiers can also practice their sport in less regulated environments, known as ski touring, backcountry skiing, or even extreme skiing.
The four main disciplines in alpine skiing competitions are slalom, giant slalom, super giant slalom, and downhill. Courses set up for slalom skiing require tighter turns and shorter distances, whereas those for giant slalom skiing call for longer, more spaced-out turns. The super-giant slalom/downhill disciplines have fewer turns, wider gaps between gates and speeds exceeding 100 kilometers per hour characterize the super-giant slalom/downhill disciplines.
What’s the point of skiing or snowboarding if you don’t enjoy it?
While we can have a vested interest in convincing you to take up skiing or snowboarding, the truth is that we want to share with you why we are so passionate about these winter sports and believe you will be, too.
It’s because we’ve seen and experienced how a person’s aha and moments are limitless once the hook is set. These free-spirited pleasures we’ve found in the freshness of nature; a short leg-burning run; a gut-busting laugh-the-whole-way-up chairlift ride; the trials and the failures of this addictive accomplishment have been a great joy for us to experience. Skiing and biking appeal to our sense of solitude and autonomy. However, we also know that playing in groups of twos, threes, or fours is more enjoyable. If you’re out riding in a group, you’ll never feel alone. You won’t ever be alone. Sliding on snow is the nicest sensation in the world, no matter how old you are. That’s something we all believe in. And we’d like to pass it along.