Alpine skiing (also sometimes referred to as downhill skiing), is a type of skiing in which participants slide down a snow-covered hill using skis with fixed bindings.
Downhill skiing is usually held in ski resorts, they provide ski lifts, artificial snow making, grooming, first aid, and restaurants. Some of the equipment used are skis, bindings, and boots.
The four main competitive types of downhill skiing are:
- Slalom — has short tight turns, it also the most technical, the distances between turns ranges from six to fifteen meters apart.
- Giant Slalom — has medium-sized turns; this is also a technical event
- Super Giant Slalom — is a speed event and has few turns, there are also jumps provided for this type
- Downhill — the fastest of the alpine skiing events, speeds can reach up to 140 km/h, and it also has few turns. These courses have gates which are apart, and the skiers reach them at 100km/h.
Other Alpine Skiing Sports
- Ski Cross — multiple downhill skiers race head-to-head on a course including big jumps, rollers and high-banked turns.
- Speed Skiing — the objective is to ski downhill on a straight path as fast as possible.
- Skiboarding — like snow skiing, but with shorter and wider skis.
- Mogul Skiing — snow skiers compete on a specially designed downhill course, in which the primary focus is on the technique used for turns, aerial maneuvers, and speed.
- Grass Skiing — involves skiing on grass-covered slopes on skis with wheels
- Alpine Skiing at the Winter Olympics
- Fitness Testing for Alpine Skiing
- Complete list of sports
- The Encyclopedia of Sports