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What is the difference between the various forms of skiing?

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Such as Nordic skiing, Ski Jumping, Cross Country Skiing, Telemark skiing, Alpine skiing, etc.? I’ve gained a large interest in skiing after watching a video of someone ski down a beautiful mountain on Colorado, and now I’m interested in not only going skiing, but learning more about it?

In skiing you have two distinct categories, Alpine and Nordic. Everything else is a sub-category.

Nordic Skiing encompasses "Cross-Country" and all of it’s various forms, ski-jumping, and telemark skiing. While all are very different they share one common factor…the ski is attached to the boot at the toe only and the heel is free. If you want to know more about these individual sports I suggest starting with Wikipedia and looking up the massive amount of info available there. Aside from ski-jumping, Nordic skiing is a type of skiing used for travel. True, racing and recreation have turned it into a sport, but essentially this type of skiing has its roots in viable forms of mountain and winter travel conditions. With nordic bindings you can easily move up and down mountains, hills, and fields.

Any type of skiing that involves binding that locks both the toe and the heel is Alpine. The sub-categories of Alpine Skiing are enormous. The traditional "downhill" skiing events such as Slalom Giant Slalom Super-G, and Downhill attract skiers who like speed and skilled turns. Freestyle skiing encompasses everything from Slopestyle tricks, to Aerials to Mogul Skiing, and the venerable Ski Ballet! Additionally, Alpine Touring and Monoskiing are Alpine sub-categories as well. For the most part, Alpine disciplines are recreational based. Alpine Touring being the exception since it actually evolved from Telemark skiing.

This is a great question, but way too lengthy to answer here. For more info, start here:

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July 1st, 2010 at 8:35 pm

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What is more popular among french teens, downhill skiing or cross country?

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What is more popular among french teens, downhill skiing or cross country
What do young people do in the afternoon of L’Aid el-Fitr?

I have a number of good friends, and acquaintances, in the southeast of France (in and around Grenoble), and they all seem to be strongly preferable to downhill skiing. When I was in high school, a friend of mine went to visit a mutual friend of ours in France during the winter, and he went downhill skiing. From what I observed during the time I’ve spent in the region, downhill skiing is very popular, as there are many mountains, and Switzerland is very close by.

However, I’m sure cross country is more popular in flatter areas, like Limousin, than it is in the Rhone Alps.

As to what young people do on Eid Al-Fitr, I don’t know, as I do not know any French Muslims.

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June 18th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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Where is the best place to to downhill skiing within a couple hours driving of Spokane, Washington?

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We are going to be at a conference in Spokane in March and had hoped to do some skiing. Is there a good resort within a couple hours driving?

I have skied every mountain within two hours of Spokane. In my opinion, Silver Mountain is the best. Silver Mountain is actually two mountains, it is reasonably priced, and has a variety of terrain.

The coolest part about Silver Mountain is that you get to the top of the mountain via the Nation’s (used to be the World’s) Longest Gondola. This means that you pull off the Interstate, and you are there. No driving up steep, icy, snowy mountain roads. Instead you get an awesome 30-minute aerial view of the Silver Valley, included with the price of a lift ticket.

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May 2nd, 2010 at 2:32 pm

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