Everything about Ski Slope

A man riding a snowboard down a snow covered slope

Ski or Skiing is generally used as a means of transport where one uses skis to glide over snow or any other surfaces. Skiing is used as a basic means of transport, recreational activity and is one of the best winter sports conducted in snow-covered areas and mountains. There are different types of skis and they are recognized by the International Olympics Committee and the International Ski Federation. You may come across a word called Piste meaning a ski run or path down a mountain used for transport of sports activity like snow skiing or snowboarding. The word Piste means trail, slope or run. Types of Skiing:

Alpine Skiing

A man riding skis down a snow covered mountain

It is also called Downhill Skiing that is mainly conducted on a piste at a ski resort. In this type of skiing, you can see a fixed-heel binding attached at both the toe and the heel of the skier’s boot. Here the chair lifts will help to bring the skiers up the slope. With helicopters, snowcats, hiking and snowmobiles, backcountry skiing is oh captured. At the ski resorts, you can enjoy night skiing, apres-ski and glade skiing. To guide you in all these there will be ski patrol and ski school. Alpine skiing is a modulated version of the Nordic type of skiing.

Nordic Skiing

A man riding a snowboard down a snow covered slope

Nordic skiing includes cross-country skiing and ski jumping. Here bindings are attached at the toes of the skier’s boots and not at the heels as in Alpine. Cross-country skiing should only be trained and practised on groomed trails or in undeveloped backcountry areas. To practise ski jumping special places are allocated and should practise only in those locations.

Telemark Skiing

The name Telemark skiing comes from the Telemark region of Norway. It is a ski turning technique and FIS-sanctioned discipline, where the equipment used for skiing is the same as with Nordic skiing. The ski bindings are attached only at the toes of the ski boots Wand not with the heels. As the heels are not bound it allows the skiers to raise them throughout the turn.

Dry Ski Slopes 

It is also called Artificial Ski Slope, which is a type of ski slope that looks like the snow that is stable at RT and never melts as snow. This slope is used for skiing, snowboarding or snow tubing especially in areas where there is no snowfall or is less stable. The dry ski slope isn’t always dry as they are lubricated with moisture content with the help of the mist or jet system. This is to increase the speed of the skiing or boarding and to prevent any damage to the skiing equipment that are the result of the heat build-up. This type of dry ski slope is usually seen in countries like the United Kingdom and the Netherlands because only in these places there is little or no snowfall for skiing.

Ratings for Piste

Different countries use different symbols to rate the difficulty of the slope. In North America, Australia and New Zealand, shapes and colours are used. The following table will give a clear rating of the slopes.


Thus skiing is the most interesting sport that is conducted in various parts of the world. They are also recognized by the International Olympics Committee and the International Ski Federation. Many sportspersons actively take part in this Sasportas this sport is a combination of thrilling and exciting. From beginners to professionals, the difficulty rating of skiing may vary.

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