Winter is not synonymous with staying at home without enjoying great panoramas. Meet these entertaining sports that are ideal for when the cold days arrive. The best places to perform them are of course areas of the world where the cold seasons involve long months of snow.
Top Five Winter Sports
Snowboarding is an extreme sport in which a special board is utilized to slide across a snow covered ground. It became a Winter Olympic sport in 1998, but its history goes back to 1965 when the engineer Sherman Poppen built the first snowboard for his daughter. It was a wooden board without grips and feet, with a rope in the front to help balance the body. Snowboarding can be practiced in various ways such freestyle. This kind of way focuses in conducting pirouettes.
Ice hockey is played between two teams of six players each and is characterized by its great strength, speed and aggressiveness. It’s super popular in cold countries that may have natural ice rinks, but recently there was a boom on creating artificial indoor tracks. It is one of four major American sports and is represented by the National Hockey League (NHL) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), globally. Ice hockey became an Olympic sport in 1920. In 1924, it became part of the Winter Olympics. The idea of the game is that each skater directs a rubber disk with a long stick to try to score in the opponent’s side. At the end of a game, the team that scores the most goals wins.
Skiing is practiced in the mountains. It consists of sliding through the snow on two platforms that are attached to the sole of the boots of the skier. It is a sport that can currently be practiced all year round thanks to places with perfectly entitled glaciers. In ski racing the winner is defined by the time taken to descend. That is, the individual with the less time wins.
The sled races have existed for centuries. It’s patented as a sport. Only a small group of countries are elite of this sport: Germany, Austria, Italy and Russia.
The heli skiing sport is still a controversial and little known sport where skiers are directed by a helicopter to inaccessible areas in the high mountains. There are people who want to ban this sport, either because of its high risk or because they believe that some regions deserve to be protected from human intervention.