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Skiing is a popular sport that takes place on snow, artificial surfaces and more recently, on indoor artificial snow slopes. It can be undertaken as a leisure activity or competitive sport and is suitable for most ages.

See Also:
Roller Skiing, Skiing, Snowboarding

An Overview of Skiing

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
  • Super-G
  • Para-alpine.
  • Freestyle skiing: includes mogul skiing, aerials, ski cross, half-pipe, and slopestyle.

Benefits

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.

Costs

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).

Involvement

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

Equipment used in skiing includes:

  • skis, which may have skins or wax applied for traction
  • Boots and bindings
  • poles
  • 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.

Facts

  • 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.

Find Skiing Activities Near You

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This Girl Can

Tue, 01 Sep 2020

No one gets to choose how you exercise other than you. Your body, your call. And whatever that looks like, we think it’s worth celebrating.

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Snowsport England

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Claire / Gareth (Office)
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info@snowsportengland.org.uk
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01509 232323
Mendip Snowsport Centre

Mendip Snowsport Centre

Learn to conquer the slopes under the care of our qualified, experienced and friendly instructors. Competent skiers and snowboarders are promised exhilaration and fun on our challenging 165 metre dry slope. Also the kids are guaranteed endless excitement

Nordic walk - Meander -  Mincinglake Valley Park

Nordic walk - Meander - Mincinglake Valley Park

Join us for a Nordic walk through the park, using your Nordic walking technique to enhance your natural walking style. Great views, hills to climb, moving more in natures gym. Small group walks in our local green spaces.

One of 8 walks
Rapid, Ripple or Meander

Nordic Walk - Ripple - Ludwell Valley Park

Nordic Walk - Ripple - Ludwell Valley Park

A lovely Ripple Nordic walk in Ludwell Valley Park enjoying being outside, walking using our poles to enhance our walking experience. There are hills on this walk. Small group walk, enjoying each others company while walking. On this walk we enjoy moving a little faster than a Meander walk.

One of 8 weekly Nordic walks at different speeds.

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