Skiing and Snowboarding: It’s all Downhill from Here
Sport. Recreation. Transportation. Skiing and snowboarding are all these things. Skiing’s history can be traced back to more than 4,000 years ago, and snowboarding about 40 years. These wintry pastimes offer both beginner fun and the satisfaction of a lifetime of improvement and achievement.
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Skiing and snowboarding competitions and rankings are governed by a variety of organizations at the international, national, and local levels. Rules and competition style can differ among these groups. Here you’ll find listings for the major international and American organizations.
- Because of the scattered nature of ski and snowboard organizations, usually the best place to find statistics and rankings for competitors is on the relevant organization’s site.
- Unlike the National Basketball Association or Major League Baseball, most ski and snowboard associations are built from the ground up, and rely on a large competitor base to function. If you want to start competing, at any level, explore the sites below for opportunities.
For international organizations …
The International Ski Federation (FIS)
is the premier international ski and snowboard organization, governing World Cup and World Championship competitions in a number of ski and snowboard disciplines. On its site you’ll find a vast amount of information on its competitions and athletes, including event information, statistics, rules, and organizational information. Use the left navigation bar to find what you need.
The Olympic Movement
includes the various federations and organizations that follow the Olympic charter, and lists all the ski and snowboard events in the Games. Click on any discipline for a look at its history in the Olympic Games and before, as well as information on the equipment used, a glossary of terms, and an animated demonstration and explanation of the event.
is a division of ESPN, and is home to the Winter X Games. The games are one of the newest winter sport competitions, and one of the most popular. You’ll find a wealth of articles, features, and information on all past and present Winter X Games here.
For American national or local organizations …
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
governs Olympic ski and snowboarding on a national level. The site has information on the organization as a whole, as well as rules, and competition and TV schedules. Connect to the U.S. Ski Team
and the U.S. Snowboard Team
Web sites, which feature competition results and personal information about members. You can also generate ranking lists for any of its disciplines using a number of customized options.
The United States of America Snowboard Association
describes itself as the first governing body exclusively for grassroots-level snowboarding. Learn more about its history and the competitions it conducts, or use the top navigation bar to find information on riders, statistics, and how to get involved.
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