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More Curious Things That You Probably Didn't Know about Skiing

Think you know everything there is to know about skiing?  Well think again! Here are more facts you probably didn't know:

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      Skiing is the fastest non-motorized sport

Most passenger cars are designed to reach speeds of around 120 miles an hour.

But speed skiers, who throw themselves down super steep slopes at the maximum speed possible, can go a lot faster than that.

Set in 2016, the current world record, held by Italian skier Ivan Origone, is an incredible 156.2 miles an hour!

               Skiing was a form of transportation                                            long before it became a sport

The oldest documented evidence of skiing is found in the region of Norway and Sweden from primitive carvings dating back to 5000 B.C.

Until the 1800’s skiing was primarily used only for transport, it was after the turn of the 18th century that it became a recreational sport. Commercially the popularity of skiing holidays took off in the 19th century which increased substantially during the mid-1900s until today.

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                  North Korea has a Ski Resort!

Some 80 countries boast a ski area of some kind, some in places you might not expect.   Resorts that are well off the beaten track include Masik Pass in North Korea, Mount Hermon in Israel and Bamyan in Afghanistan.

You can even ski and snowboard in sunbaked Dubai, which has an indoor ski resort with a 60-metre “mountain”.

There is more to snow sports than skiing & riding

Alpine (downhill) skiing and snowboarding might be the most popular winter sports. But there are loads of others.

Variations include snow scooting, when you slide down the slopes on a specially adapted scooter, and ski touring, which involves fixing “skins” to the bottom of your skis and walking up hills before skiing back down again.

Skijoring, meanwhile, is being pulled along on skis behind a horse, a team of dogs or a motorised skidoo.

 

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