Different types of skiing (part 2)

Telemark Skiing

Telemark Skiing is similar to Alpine, as skiers must make their way to the bottom of the mountain with skis that don’t attach to the heel, allowing much more flexibility.

Adaptive Skiing

This sport is appropriate for those with a physical disability to join, such as paralympians, by using different adaptive equipment to blast down the slopes. Most ski resorts have facilities and equipment for adaptive skiers, but make sure to double check in advance.

Skiing can be extremely dangerous if you are beginners, so take up with these safety tips.

Know your limits

If you are beginner, the very first skiing safety tip is to take some lessons so that the instructor guide you down gentle slopes until you are ready to take on longer and more challenging route. Never venture onto slopes that are too steep or difficult as it could shatter your confidence and giving you grave injury.

Know your runs

Skiing pistes are colour-coded based on their level of difficulty:

Green ski runs are the easiest runs which are shallow and suitable for beginners which is generally used to grade slopes in France.

Blue ski runs are suitable for intermediate level skiers.

Red ski runs are quite steep and quite narrow which are suitable for skiers with substantial experience. Black ski runs are the steepest and most difficult runs which are appropriate for only advanced skiers.

North American ski resorts also apply shaped symbols; circles, squares and diamonds; in which, double black diamonds or triple black diamonds are at the top of the scale.

Always ski with a piste map

The different coloured pistes are shown on the piste map which is extremely important for skiing safety. Without a piste map you could easily get loss and end up struggling on a piste too difficult for your abilities.