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Snow Skiing

Snow skiing is the most popular form of skiing which involves travelling over snow-covered surfaces with the help of skis. Snow skiing originated several centuries ago in Scandinavia, which evolved into a major recreational and competitive sport in the early 19th century.

There are two major types of skiing, which are:

Nordic Skiing : In this type of skiing the heels of the skier's boots does not touch the skis, the bindings to the skis are only in the toes. This type of skiing is practiced mostly at a competitive level. Some of the major competitive disciplines based on Nordic skiing are, Cross-Country, Ski Jumping, and Nordic Combined.

Alpine Skiing : In this type of skiing, fixed-heel bindings attach both the toe and the heel to the skis. It is a downhill skiing activity which involves skiing down a slope. Alpine skiing is practiced both at a recreational and competitive level. Some of the major competitive disciplines based on Alpine Skiing are, Combined, Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super-G, and Para-alpine.

Both types of skiing are a major part of the Winter Olympic Games, where several codes of races are conducted for each discipline. There are also separate World Cups held for some of the major skiing disciplines.

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