Over the last few years, slope based sports have evolved dramatically.
These days, winter sport is no longer just about going down the
slopes on 2 bits of wood! The following explanation will guide you
on the various types of slope based sports and equipment on offer.
Then all you need to do is try them out!
Boardercross 2, 4 or 6 snowboarders
head off at the same time down a course made up of raised corners,
jumps, narrow tracks and tunnels.
Freeride Off-piste skiing over an
ungroomed area which is marked out and controlled, and which is
accessible by the ski lifts. This is for very strong skiers only.
Kitesurf or kiteski This involves
being pulled along on a board or skis by a huge kite. This particular
sport is not very developed due to the lack of areas in which it
can be practised.
New School It is all about having
fun and expressing yourself in the snow. Jumps have advanced to
include grabs, rotations etc. New school has brought with it new
techniques and has changed skiers attitudes.
Skiercross 4 to 6 skiers head off
together down a course made up of raised corners, jumps and modules.
Parabolic skis or carving These have
come to replace traditional skis. Designed with a wide tip, a narrow
waist and a wide tail, they allow a more rapid response and make
it easier to have fun early on.
Skwal It takes its origins from snowboarding
and monoskiing. It involves facing down the slope on a board narrower
than a snowboard.
Snowboarding Born in Vermont, USA,
about 20 years ago, snowboarding is now a widely practised sport
and requires little introduction. However, for those still unsure,
One foot is placed in front of the other, side on
the board, with no need for poles. Before starting out, you need
to work out if you are 'goofy' (left foot forward) or 'regular'
(right foot forward).