An underfoot, narrow strip of semi-rigid material that is used to glide over snow is the ski. Skiers are attached to ski bindings using ski boots which are defined as footwear used in skiing. From the skiers legs to the snow, ski boots are used to effectively transmit control inputs. Skiing is a recreational sport that involves gliding over snow using skis. Not only is skiing a recreational sport but also a competitive winter sport. Nordic, alpine and Telemark are the types of skiing. Bindings are used and are attached to the toes of the skiers not their heels in the Nordic type of skiing.
Areas that are reserved are used for ski jumping while areas that are undeveloped back country areas or groomed trails are used for cross country. A skiing technique that involves turning and FIS sanctioned discipline is Telemark skiing. Skiing bindings are attached to the toes of the skiers not their heels whereby the equipment’s used in Telemark skiing is similar to Nordic skiing. A marked ski at a ski resort is where downhill skiing takes place. The equipment used in Alpine skiing is characterized by fixed heel bindings that attach both at the toe and the heel of the skier’s boot.
Ski lifts are used in conjunction with Alpine equipment’s because they are hard to use. Skiers are transported up a hill using a ski lift. Ski resorts have ski lifts that are paid for. Aerial lifts, cable railways, surface lifts and helicopters are the types of ski lifts. Aerial lifts have sub types such as gondola lifts, hybrid lifts, funitels, funifor, chair lifts and aerial tramways. Aerial lifts that consists of continuously circulating steel cable loop that is strung between two end terminal ends and carries a series of chairs are chair lifts.
Funifors are aerial tramways that consists of two guide ropes and haul rope loop per cabin. Cable car, aerial tram, rope-way or sky tram are the types of aerial tramways that is defined as an aerial lift type that uses one or two stationary ropes for support while the last rope is used for the purposes of propulsion.
Cable railways include funiculars while rope tows, magic carpets and T-bars are types of surface lifts. When a helicopter is used it referred to as back country skiing which is a practice of heli-skiing. Equipment’s and items used in skiing include; poles, boots and bindings, ski goggles, skiing gloves, skis, helmets and ski suits. In order to prevent water, chemical particulates from entering the eye, ski goggles are used since they are a form of protective eye wear that is usually enclosed and protects the area surrounding the eye.