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Skiing

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

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

Snowsport England

Contact Name
Claire / Gareth (Office)
Contact Email
info@snowsportengland.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01509 232323

Special Olympics Great Britain

Special Olympics offers a lifetime of learning through sport and benefits individuals of all ages and ability levels – from those with low motor abilities to highly skilled athletes.

GB Snowsport

GB Snowsport (GBS) is the national governing body for snowsports in the UK, managing elite British teams and the development pathway for those athletes.

Skiing

National Schools Snowsports Association

The National Schools Snowsports Association (NSSA) are the go to people for info and advice on Schools Snowsports. A not for profit organisation, created with the aim of increasing participation in Snowsports through schools, from grassroots to national t

Gosling Ski And Snowboard Centre

We are a dry ski slope that provides ski and snowboard lessons and courses for all abilities and ages. Group and School sessions are available on request.

Indoor Ski Lessons in West London

Indoor Ski Lessons in West London

Learn to ski in West London. Full indoor ski and snowboard instruction in west London with fully qualified instructors. From beginner lessons all the way through to advanced development, Skieasy can get you ski-fit this winter in preparation for your holiday. Book your ski lessons in Chiswick now.

Dorney Lake 1-Day Rollerski Course

Dorney Lake 1-Day Rollerski Course

Beginners or Intermediate Rollerski Course at Dorney Lake, nr Windsor. Learn skating and classic rollerski techniques.