Different types of skiing (part 1)

There are plenty of different types of skiing from cross country to freestyle: of which, downhill alpine skiing is the most popular type. 

In this post, let’s discuss some of the different types of skiing.

Alpine or downhill skiing

Of all different kinds, alpine skiing is the most popular. In which, you get a chairlift or other mechanical means to reach the top of the mountain, and ski down from it. You must get the kit which is specialised for traveling downhill, with your boot made attached to the ski.

Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiers means ski up the mountains themselves without using lifts and not to ski down mountains as steep as downhill skiing. It is much more aerobically demanding and cheaper as you don’t have to pay for lift passes and skiers uses a soft boot rather than the hard ones used in downhill, and the heel is not fixed to the ski. The skis are lightweight and made for self-propelled travel over a different types of terrain, besides down hills.

Freestyle skiing

Freestyle skiing is generally referred to with terms like turns, tricks and air. Freestyle skiing is now a competitive sport and athletes compete with each other in various disciplines including aerials, acro, moguls, big air as well as dual moguls in which two competitors compete head-to-head on the moguls.


This isn’t really a type of skiing as it involves standing on a single board rather than two skis but It’s great fun and becomes more and more popular as many people find it easier to learn than skiing.

Off-piste skiing

Off-piste skiing simply referred to skiing off the groomed piste on untouched snow which requires pretty advanced skills as it is potentially dangerous. Off-piste skiing is an unbelievable rush and players must get lessons to master at least intermediate skills before giving it a go.