Skiing is a term used for a set of sports which utilize skis as chief equipments. Skis are utilized in combination with boots which are connected to the ski with the help of a binding. Though snowboarding is almost the same as skiing, but since it originated form skateboarding and surfing, it is not regarded as a kind of skiing. There are basically two categories of skiing which include:
Nordic Skiing:- Nordic skiing is the oldest type of skiing and it consists of the sport which generated from the skiing done in Scandinavia. Other distinguishing factor about Nordic skiing is that the Nordic style bindings get attached only to the toes of the boots of skier and not with the heels.
Alpine Skiing:-Alpine skiing comprises of the sport which generated from the skiing done in Alps. In Alpine skiing the bindings get attached to both the toes and heels of the boots of skier. Earlier skiing was just a way of commuting, but with the time it emerged as a sport and then also as a competitive sport. Various types of competitions for skiing are also held by Winter Olympic Games, International Ski Federation (ISF), International Olympic Committee (IOC) and also some other sport organizations.
Some Famous Types of Skiing
Back Country Skiing
Kite Skiing and Para Skiing
In order to learn skiing techniques which are quite difficult, one needs to join a ski school which teaches everything from basic to more advanced techniques. Basics include stopping and turning safely and advanced techniques comprise racing, carving, bump or mogul skiing and various new techniques of freestyle.