Skiing is the most recognizable winter sports hands down. It’s been around for quite some time and makes up the majority of all winter sports enthusiasts. So there have to be some juicy juicy Skiing Facts that will get everyone excited.
I provide you with an arsenal of amazing facts that will tickle even the fussiest persons fancy.
1. Ski comes from the Norwegian work ‘skíð’ which means split piece of wood.
Now when your so-so and you end up accidentally splitting wood, in your moments of agony you can technically yell out ‘SKIIIIIIII’
2. The first recorded downhill skiing race was held in Sweden, in 1879
Alpine skiing as a sport made its Winter Olympic debut in the year 1936
3. Skiing is one of the fastest non-motorized sports on land.
Ever been a car driving at 156.2 miles per hour??? Probably not for most of us here but if you did you would be rivaling the speed of Simone Origone who was absolutely smashing it downhill in 2006
4.‘Skiing’ is the only six-letter word in the English language with a double ‘i’ exactly in the middle
Checked this fact out and it’s actually incorrect, never the less you can still get your less knowledgeable buddies with this one. The other word is ‘obiism’
5. Norway or China, where did it all begin
Most people will say skiing started in Norway, after all, there are carvings depicting skiing dating back as far as 4000BC, but supposedly some people by the name of archeologists have also discovered a form of skiing near Lake Sindor in Russia. Now supposedly they found a part of a wooden ski here that dated back to approximately 8,000 years ago.
In Xinjiang province of China, they still make skis by splitting spruce trees and wrapping them in dried horse skins, which they use to climb slopes as well as slide down them. The major difference is that they use only one pole instead of 2.
6. You can lose weight skiing
If you like to drink a beer or 2 and find yourself getting a bit of a belly from it, then it is good to know that you can actually drop some weight off while doing a few up and downs of the mountain. In fact, you can lose 350-400 calories per hour with a moderate effort.
Now that is music to the ears, sliding down a mountain and losing weight.
7. Skiing is very Popular
Approximately 350 million skiers can be found on the mountains in 80 countries around the world each and every single season.
8. I prefer Snowboarding
It’s my opinion and after trying both I think that I will stick with snowboarding. On that note, check out 7.4 amazing snowboarding facts
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