There are a lot of different types of skiing, like downhill, cross-country, Nordic, alpine, slalom, and free-style skiing. When your downhill skiing you can reach speeds of more than 81 miles per hour. School Clubs go downhill skiing at nearby ski resorts.
Distance competition in cross-country skiing consists of 6.2, 9.3, 18.6, and 31 miles for men. For women competition the distances are 3.1, 6.2, 9.3, 18.6, and 31 miles.
The first skis were found in Norway and Sweden. They are more than 4,000 years old. Skiing was not popular until the 1930ís when Norwegian immigrants brought skiing to the United States. There are more than 1,000 ski areas in the United States. Skiing has been an Olympic sport since 1924.