The Variants of Skiing

Go back in history to around 6000B.C. and you might have seen one of the nomadic ancient civilizations from somewhere like Sweden or Norway, or even Russia, gliding around on skis. They say that necessity if the mother of invention and it is testimony to ‘Man’s’ inventiveness that even back then he thought it was a smart idea to use something other than his feet and shoes for traipsing across snow. A ski is a long thin piece of wood, that in those days, would have been carved from a long branch of a tree.

Nomads in those days would rarely stay in one place and make a home, as we do now. They would have traveled, probably sound for the winter as birds do, and had to negotiate some of the roughest weather conditions with the most rudimentary of gadgets. The aerodynamic design of a ski is such that over the thousands of years of its existence it has changed exceedingly little. The front tip of the ski was angled upward so that it didn’t plough into the snow, rather glide over it as a leading edge for the rest of the ski to follow. The length of the ski was probably a guess in those days and the width was simply judged by the width of the wearer’s foot. Cord was applied and tied around the foot to keep it from moving.

Types of Skiing

There are many variants of skiing, both as a hobby, a sport and an Olympic sport. The freestyle version is basically as it states—one is free to choose their own moves and style their skiing to their own preferences. When it comes to competition skiing there is Super-G, slalom, downhill, giant slalom and disabled skiing, all of which require ski helmets for competitions.

For those who like a little extreme terror in their sporting interests, they can choose Heliskiing, which involves—as one might guess—the use of a helicopter. The helicopter drops the skier off at the peak of a mountain and they find their own way down. Cross-country skiing is another risky, but less dangerous version of skiing where the skier starts from any snowy point and travels by ski to another point.

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