Skiing is gaining popularity

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Skiing can be a means of transport on snow, but for most people it is a popular recreational activity. And for some skiing is a highly competitive winter sport. Many types of competitive skiing events are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the International Ski Federation (FIS).

Skiing has a history of almost five millennia, starting in Scandinavia, but skiing may have been practiced more than 100 centuries ago in what is now China, according to some ancient paintings.

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And skiing tourism is on the rise, according to a recent FIS report worldwide 2017/18 global skier visits count is 5% up on 2016/17 season, which was itself 4% up on 2015/16. Also skier visits have been substantially rising in most of the Scandinavian countries, for several years in a row. It is the only region in Western markets where current attendance is much better that is was 10 years ago.

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And skiing has something to offer any interested person as there are several types of skiing.

Here are some of the different types of skiing on offer:

  • Alpine or downhill skiing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Freestyle skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Off-piste skiing
  • Telemark skiing
  • Adaptive skiing

According to news reports, more than 11 million Americans are active participants in alpine or cross-country skiing. But if you want to start skiing, you first have to figure out what kind of skiing exercise you want, and choose your equipment accordingly.

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Also note that there are innovations in skiing like the traditional cross-country skiing style that now offers felleski, a new type of ski equipment that makes going uphill easier.

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