"Sometimes it's all about the win, sometimes it's all about the skiing." -- Bode Miller, American former World Cup Alpine Ski Racer
One of the most sought-after winter sports in the world, skiing is both an art and a science.
Skiing has evolved over time, with the advent of better equipment, technique, and knowledge, transforming it into a high-energy sport where advanced athletes can make jumps that seem superhuman.
Skiing professionals use their strength, endurance, balance, and concentration to negotiate downhill courses at hundreds of kilometers per hour.
The speed and the fact that they are jumping on a sheet of ice with nothing but cold air to breathe call for an extreme focus and unparalleled levels of awareness. But when all goes well, it is exhilarating.
Because of the extreme nature of the sport, skiing requires a lot of strength, endurance, and patience.
Professional athletes need to build up their general stamina by practicing other sports to stay in top physical condition for days on end.
Upper body strength is also fundamental, as good skiers must be powerful enough to hold their speed across long distances where significant acceleration is required.
Even if you don't think you have an aptitude for skiing and your only motivation is to take advantage of what it offers, you will get a lot out of the sport.
With skiing, there is literally something for everyone!