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1 What is skiing ?

    Skiing is recreation, sport, and mode of transportation that involves moving over snow by the use of a pair of long, flat runners, called skis, attached to shoes or boots.

We suppose that you have some ideas of what Skiing is. The sport has grown so popular over the decades that most people must have a basic understanding of what Skiing is. For those that are totally unfamiliar with the concept, we will explain it here. Skiing is basically using gravity to move downhill by gliding over snow conditions using two long and thin boards to keep balance and control.
Snowboarding is a similar snowsport which uses one wide board instead of the two thinner boards that skiers use. Skiers use both boards to coordinate their movements and control their speed and direction. Balance, weight, and edge control are the tricks of the trade in Skiing.

2What is the history of Skiing?  

In the History of Skiing, it is said that Skiing started in Northern Europe and Asia thousands of years ago. It is believed that the first skiers used Skis from the bones of large animals strapping the bones to the toe of their boots using leather strips. Meanwhile, wooden Skis believed to be 2,500 to 5,000 years old were found in Norway, Finland, and Sweden. All these early Skis were mostly used on flat ground since the Ski Bindings were loose toe straps that would not keep the Skis attached to the Ski Boots during downhill runs.

There was a time when Skis were used in a war. This was during the Battle of Oslo, Norway (A.D. 1200) where Norwegian scouts used Skis to spy on Swedish enemies. In 1747, a Norwegian military Ski company was formed. This paved the way of introducing the manner of fastening the skiis both at the heels and toes of boots. In this way, the Skis remained attached even in
Downhill Skiing.

Modern sking developed in 1850.
Sondre Norheim, a Norwegian, invented the first stiff Bindings. He made them by tying pieces of twisted wet birch roots on his boots. These roots dried up and turned stiff. These Bindings provided more control than leather straps. With these improved Bindings, Sondre Norheim had come up with new turning motions.

Other Skiing enthusiasts marked the development of modern Skiing. In 1896, Mathias Zdarsky of Austria introduced the technique of pushing one Ski at an angle to the fall line in order to control speed. During the early part of 1900s, Hannes Schneider, also of Austria, got inspired of Zdarsky's technique and developed new stopping and turning maneuvers, which he organized into the first formal method of Ski instruction. It was later known as the Arlberg technique, in which most modern
Skiing Techniques were based.

In the early 1900s, Skiing became a very popular competitive sport. The first Slalom race was held in 1921 at Switzerland. After three years, Nordic competitions became part of the first Winter Olympic Games, as well as the
Alpine Skiing events which were included in 1936.

In the early part of World War II (1939-1945), Finland troops used Ski patrols to resist the Russian intruders, and in 1945, Ski troops of the U.S. army fought the Germans in the mountains of Italy.

After the war, Skiing was seen in a whole new perspective. Skiing winners of international competitions got increasing publicity. This publicity, as well as the extensive television coverage of different Ski meets and exposure to other forms of media, have stimulated fascination to recreational Skiing. In fact, around 400 Ski resorts were built in the United States in 1960.


Nowadays, Skiing is the most popular winter sport with about 45 million fans and thousands of
Ski Resorts worldwide. The sport has developed itself in a couple of ways coming with a number of variations of which Snowboarding is the largest.

3Why go skiing?

Many different people enjoy Skiing for many different reasons. The sport has grown to such proportions over the decades that millions of people worldwide go Skiing every year.

Ski Schools are busier than ever with new people giving it a try on a daily basis. In this section, we will look at the various reasons why people enjoy Skiing:

  • Skiing has a way of letting you discover your capabilities while having fun in the process. The feeling is so wonderful that you cannot get enough of it. The more enjoyable part of Skiing is not on the fact that you reach the end or a run, but on the things that happened during the run.
  • As you progress in Skiing, it becomes a form of expression. Since you will tend to keep on going because the challenge seems to be non-stop, you will work your way to be a full-pledged skier through execution of a wide variety of skills. There are different Skiing Techniques to choose from and develop yourself in. The list of challenging styles in Skiing is endless. You will eventually find yourself mastering the movements and rhythms and eager to know new information and experience new tactics.
  • Unlike other sports, Skiing is very easy to learn, provided that it is taught correctly and properly. Moreover, it does not require tedious practice and training for months in order to become skilled in Skiing. In fact, you can already ski down the slope after a week's worth of lessons in a Ski School.
  • The scenic views are breath-taking. Beautiful terrains await you as you travel across the world looking for the greatest and most exciting runs.
  • Skiing can give you amazing adrenaline rushes from performing high speed descends and perhaps even tricks.
  • Skiing offers different kinds of terrains to master ranging from well groomed Ski slopes to backcountry wilderness. In addition, the wide variety of Snow Conditions - from fresh Powder Snow to Ice surface - will surely give you a different and exciting experience everytime you hit the slopes.
  • You can either compete in various Skiing competitions and tournaments or just be a spectator. Skiing is an exciting sport to watch.
  • Millions of fellow enthusiasts share your passion to the sport. You will be able to meet new people and learn their amazing experiences in hitting the slopes.
  • Skiing boils down to one objective - to have fun. As they say, if Skiing is not fun, then it is not Skiing at all.

4What is Cross-Country skiing?

Cross Country Skiing is the most accessible type of Skiing. It is commonly seen as less extreme and taxing as Alpine Skiing or other Skiing Disciplines, unlike Extreme Skiing. This is less of an extreme sport than it is a relaxing activity in the weekends. However,

you can likewise push the boundaries. The learning curve is much shorter than in other Skiing Disciplines with most people becoming pretty comfortable with the technique

within hours. All these things make Cross-country Skiing a very friendly winter sport for

the whole family.

It is believed that Cross Country Skiing has been around for more than 5000 years. It originated from Norway and then it finally reached other countries such as Russia and Scandinavia. In fact, the Scandinavian infantry was trained on Skis in preparation for the winter operations. In 1879, the first Huseby races were organized and in 1892, Holmenkollen was held. By the year 1900, Holmenkollen introduced a separate 30 km Cross-country race.

Different materials were used in making Cross Country Skiing equipment during the early times. For instance, Skis were usually made of hickory and twisted wood-based thread

was used as Ski Bindings. As for the Skiing Poles, they attached leather hand straps on bamboo sticks. Lastly, strong leather boots with thick soles were used.

5. What is Alpine skiing? 

This type of Skiing can be considered as the general Skiing sport and it is what most skiers practice. A novice skier making his way down his first groomed slopes can be called an Alpine Skier. It can be considered as the starting point of all non- Cross- country Skiing Disciplines. It is believed that Alpine Skiing, or Downhill Skiing, evolved from another

Skiing Discipline called Cross- country Skiing. During the 1850s, the first competition on Alpine Skiing was held at Oslo, Norway. From then on, Alpine Skiing turned out to be not just a sport but also a form of leisure activity and it became widespread in Europe and

the United States.

Alpine Skiing became part of various competitions. In 1922, for instance, the first Slalom was held at Mürren, Switzerland, and in 1924, it became the first Olympic Alpine event. Alpine Skiing was included in the Olympic programme at the Garmish-Partenkirchen

Games held in 1936.

 

6How to Buy Ski Poles

It entails a lot of considerations in buying Ski Poles. Ski Poles work well when they are lightweight and have a comfortable grip so you need to pay attention to details.You also need to get familiar with the Parts of Skiing Poles. Aside from these, it is important to choose Ski Poles with the appropriate Ski Pole Length, since it greatly affects your performance in Skiing. Here are some basic guidelines that can help you when buying Ski Poles:

Wear your Ski gloves when buying Ski Poles so you can tell the "feel" of Ski Pole grip.

  • Know what material/s the Ski Poles is/are made of. Most are made of graphite, fiberglass, aluminum, or composite. This can give you an idea on the characteristics of Ski Poles. For instance, graphite Ski Poles are lightweight and very strong. Aluminum Ski Poles are affordable but they can flex or snap when you crash. Composite Ski Poles do not bend when you fall, longer-lasting, and are becoming cost-effective like the Aluminum Ski Poles.
  • Ski Pole Length is the most important basic characteristic of Ski Poles. If your Skiing Poles are too short, you will tend to lean forward too much. The opposite is true when your Ski Poles are too long. Pole Length will determine your stance so you need to make sure you choose the Ski Poles with the correct Pole Length. Here is a simple way of determining the right Ski Pole Length:

 

    • Stand up straight and put your arms on your sides.
    • Turn the Ski Pole upside down and hold the pointed end under the Ski Pole Basket.
    • With the Ski Pole Grip touching the ground and while holding the bottom of the Ski Pole, your forearm must stay parallel to the ground. If there is a need to lift or lower your arm, that Ski Pole is not the right one for you.

 

  • Decide what type of Grip you want. Skiing Poles vary when it comes to Grip. Some have straps made of nylon which you can go on your wrists, while others have a plastic loop which surrounds the Grip.
  • Determine the size of Basket that you need. It is better if you already know the type of Snow on the Ski area. If you will Ski on softer Snow, it is advisable to choose bigger Baskets, while smaller Baskets will do the work on hard-packed Snow. Consider buying Ski Poles with two interchangeable Basket sizes.
  • If you are fascinated with Mogul Skiing, ask a Ski shop professional regarding the newest pole technology on swing weight efficiency and aerodynamics.
  • You can also buy used Ski Poles from garage sales and end-of-season sales. Try searching at rental Ski shops on Ski Resorts which are clearing up their Ski gear at the end of the season.

There are many things to put into consideration when it comes to buying Ski Poles. It is always better to have some knowledge on the Parts of Ski Poles, the type of Snow on your Ski area, and of course, your Skiing skills before heading to a Ski shop. Make sure to choose the Skiing Poles which meet your requirements and your Skiing needs.

 

 

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