An Overview of Skiing
Skiing is a recreational activity and competitive winter sport in which the participant uses skis to glide on snow.
Competitive skiing falls into two categories: Nordic and Alpine. These can then be further broken down into specific disciplines:
- Cross-country Skiing
- Ski jumping
- Nordic combine
- Combined Alpine skiing
- Downhill Skiing
- Salom Skiing
- Giant slalom
- Freestyle skiing: includes mogul skiing, aerials, ski cross, half-pipe, and slopestyle.
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At its most basic, skiing offers a low-impact full-body workout. The whole body is involved with arms, core and legs receiving an equal workout. This ensures that no single muscle group is overstretched or stressed.
As part of GO SKI GO BOARD, all UK ski slopes offer equipment hire and tuition all inclusive in the cost. Artificial Slopes are dotted around the country and slightly cheaper to attend and for those looking for indoor snow, there are 5 across England.
You can typically take part in a GO SKI GO BOARD taster lesson for £11 (estimated national average) and to complete a beginners course (4-6hr) in the UK you can expect a cost between £85 (estimated national average).
There are beginners classes all over the country, and you can pick up the basics quickly. So if you like the cold, the rush of speed and adrenaline then give it a go!
Getting involved is easy as there is a network of indoor snow centres and outdoor ski slopes across the UK. Visit www.goskigoboard.org.uk to find your nearest slope or club.
Equipment used in skiing includes:
- skis, which may have skins or wax applied for traction
- Boots and bindings
- helmets and ski suits
Modern-day skis are of a shorter length, with reinforced edges and an advanced binding system that binds it to a plastic boot. There are a wide variety of skis for all types of skiing disciplines.
- You can burn anything upto 400 calories per hour skiing
- 'Skiing' is the only six-letter word in the English language with a double 'i' exactly in the middle.
- Great Britain has one of the Top 30 Ski racers in the world - Dave Ryding. Dave started skiing on the dry slope in Pendle, Lancashire.
- The next Winter Olympics is to be held in South Korea at Pyeongchang Resort. For the first time ever, Snowboard Big Air will be introduced as an Olympic Discipline.
- You can reach speeds faster than cars! The fastest speed ever on skis is 156 miles p/hour recorded in 2015 by Italian speed-skier Simone Origone. Current downhill racers such as Lindsey Vonn and Bode Miller exceed speeds of 86 miles p/hour during competition.
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National Governing Bodies
- Contact Name
- Claire / Gareth (Office)
- Contact Email
- Contact Telephone
- 01509 232323