Different types of skiing
There are two different types of skiing, Alpine and Nordic.
Nordic includes ski jumping and cross-country. Ski jumping is mostly for professionals. Cross-country is for all skiers. Cross-country skiing uses body strength, pushing with the poles and using the feet sliding them back and forth.
Ski jumpers go down hill and use a ramp to gain speed. The skier tries to go as fast and far as possible and tries not to fall.
Downhill's tracks are usually around three miles. Downhill is where gates are set to guide you down a track. Gates are two flags set up across from each other that you must go through. If you miss one, then you are disqualified, unless you are willing to go back up the hill and go through it again.
The slalom course is much shorter than the downhill course. Like downhill, there are also gates, although these gates are much closer. There are as many as seventy gates on one course. Because they are so close together, skiers try to memorize the course before they start the race. Back to top