SPEED SKIING



Speed Skiing is all about Speed. At the beginning of Skiing, a lot of persons were obsessed with the speed reached by the Skiing downhill and using gravity to propel you as fast as possible. Speed skiing is the sport of skiing fastest in a straight line downhill. It is the fastest not motorized sport on earth, and the world's second fastest not motorized sport. Some people took the speed element and focused their Skiing technique and aspirations on Skiing as fast as they can.

Speed Skiing is not performed on normal pistes. it is practiced on steep, specially designed courses one kilometer long, and there are only about thirty of them world-wide, many of them at high altitude to minimize resistance from the air. The first 400 meters of the course (the launching area) are used to gain speed, the top speed is measured in the next 100 meters and the last 500 m (the run-out area) are used for slowing down and coming to a stop, with the speed being recorded over the 100 m between (the timing zone). The start point in FIS races is chosen so that, in theory, skiers should not exceed 200 km/h, hence competition is aimed at winning a particular event, not breaking world speed records.

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Historical Data

First record of Speed Skiing was set at 105,7 km/hour in the year 1930. In the year 1950, Speed Skiing was organized at Monte Rosa glacier which borders Switzerland and Italy. At 12000 feet, enthusiasts of this Skiing Discipline throw themselves in the air under Matterhorn and with a 62 maximum gradient. Two decades later, a benchmark of 120mph had been passed. In the 1980s, Speed Skiing became available to all the persons who liked the speed. The latest speed record was set by Harry Egger in 1999 with an astounding speed of 248,1 km/hour.

In fact, as long as regulations are followed, courses for Speed Skiing can be set up at any place. Some of these parameters indicate that courses should be Off piste and high speeds can be reached on less than 45 gradient. Sensibly enough, a great set up for Speed Skiing is useless if the skiers are not technically and physically ready. Aside from Skiing ability, you need to have Skis which are 8 feet long. Likewise, it is essential to have the ability of getting into a low tuck, keeping it that way no matter what the wind speed is, and coming to a safe Snow plough stop.