The word ‘Ski’ is derived from the Norwegian word ‘skíð’ which means a split piece of wood.
The first recorded downhill skiing race was held in Sweden, in 1879.
Alpine skiing made its first debut in the Winter Olympics of 1936 and German born Franz Pfnür became the first man to win the gold medal in the championship.
‘Skiing’ is the only six-letter word in the English language with a double ‘i’ exactly in the middle.
Skiing is one of the fastest non-motorized sports on land. Skiers can ski faster than a car and this was proven by Simone Origone in 2006 that set a world speed skiing record at 156.2 miles per hour compared to the speed of road cars at 120 miles per hour.