Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports in the world. The excitement of skiing down the slopes of a mountain or through a quiet, snow-filled forest attract millions of people to the sport.
Techniques and equipment
There are two types of skiing: Mountain and Alpine , skiing and cross country, or Nordic skiing. Each types requires its own special equipment and special style of skiing.
Alpine skiing includes pleasure skiing down mountain slopes as well as competitive events. Safety and control are very important. Alpine skiing is exhilarating and fun.
Nordic skiing includes ski jumping and cross-country skiing. Ski jumping is an event for highly trained competitors. It is not meant to be leisure sport. Cross-country is meant for the casual skier as well as competitive skier. It is skiing cross-country uphill and down, over flatland, and often along forest trails. When not skiing down hill, the skier moves by striding and by thrusting the ski poses. Because of these activities, cross-country skiing is strenuous and good exercise.