Alpine Skiing & Ski Gear
What is Alpine Skiing?
Alpine skiing, also known as downhill skiing, encompasses all types of ski sports that involve sliding down snowy slopes on skis. It can be practised both on-piste and off-piste, and there is also a backcountry variant for those who want to explore the mountain slopes outside the ski resorts.
Alpine skiing is the type of skiing that is typically associated with going on family skiing holidays at ski resorts. The slopes offer something for everyone and every level of experience, and this is probably why alpine skiing is among the most popular forms of recreational skiing.
However, some of the most fast-paced and wild action sports also fit under the umbrella of alpine skiing. It has been an Olympic sport since 1936, and it is subdivided into different disciplines: downhill, slalom, giant slalom, super-g, and combinations of these specialties. The Norwegian athlete Sondre Norheim won the first downhill skiing competition held in Oslo in 1868, and he is considered the creator of the shape of modern skis.
What Ski Gear Do I Need?
To get started with alpine skiing, you need skis, bindings, boots, ski poles, goggles, a ski helmet, and ski clothes. Of course, you can rent equipment, but getting to know your own ski equipment can potentially help you progress in the sport. Having your own pair of ski boots will also ensure the highest level of comfort, giving you more time to learn and improve your skiing.
Getting the right gear is easier said than done. Our guide to buying skis for beginners is essential if you are new to the sport. Other than that, we have guides to help you with buying ski boots, ski bindings, ski goggles, and many other winter sports guides.
Right here on this page, you get a comprehensive overview of our entire range of alpine ski equipment. Take a look around and get set to hit the slopes for some alpine skiing fun!