Skiing is a popular winter sport, but it is not so recent like what you think! And it is possible to ski in the moon! Check out the other crazy but fun facts about skiing here in this gallery.
Astronaut Harrison Schmitt spottd the mountainous rim of the Sea of Serenity when he landed on the moon in 1972, he saw it as a place to have “lunar skiing holidays.” So it is not impossible that anyone who is lucky to visit the moon could also do some skiing there one day!
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle tried skiing for the first time in 1893 when he and his wife traveled to Switzerland, where the the mountain air had been prescribed for her health. He had glowing things about to say about skiing, saying it took you “as near to flying as any earthbound man can.”
Despite the fact that cross-country skiing has been part of the Winter Olympics since 1924, downhill or alpine skiing was only included in the Olympics in 1936, and snowboarding in 1998.
The Winter Olympic was inaugurated in 1924 and included disciplines like nordic skiing. However, it wasn’t until 1936 that alpine skiing became part of the Olympics, despite the first recorded race in Sweden 57 years earlier. The first alpine skiing as an Olympic sport was first held in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
The word was coined in 1965 by Sherman Poppen from Michigan. He made a snowboard for his daughter by lashing two skis together to make a some sort of skateboard for the snowy slopes, without wheels.
It’s no rocket science; it’s because of the steep slopes that speed skiers thrust themselves down, downhill skiing can even outpace the car’s fastest speed! Italian Skier Simone Origone holds the current record of the fastest skiing with 156.2 mph (compared to a passenger car’s maximum speed at 120 mph).
Colorado, a state mostly renowned for its ski resorts, is home to Vail Mountain Resort, which is the biggest and most visited ski resort in the country, enjoying about 1.5 million annual visitors.
About 400 million across the world visit those ski resorts annually, another proof at how popular skiing really is.
Nevertheless, USA, Germany and France still lead for the greatest number of skiers if we’re talking about yearly visits — each enjoy about 12 million skiers annually.
Today, of course, skiing can be also enjoyed by women as well as men. In fact, there have been women’s division in major ski competitions such as the Alpine Skiing World Cup and alpine skiing in the Winter Olympics.
Again, the Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado is the number one ski resort not only in the United States but also in the world, with annual skier visits of 1,634,250.
For those who are not in the know about skiing, a ski lift is a transporting system that carries skiers or snowboarders up to the mountains. It can be a series of moving seats attached to an overhead cable, surface lifts, or helicopters.
The word “ski” is originated from the Old Norse word “skíð” which means “stick of wood” which is used for the sport. Needless to say, Norway is the birthplace of skiing.