Alpine Skiing

Otherwise known as downhill skiing, Alpine skiing began in North America and the Swiss Alps, and involves skiing down snow-covered hills. It evolved from the traditional cross-country skiing when ski-lifts were developed at mountain resorts meaning that long, thin skis could be used in areas that were too difficult to climb. Keen skiers were now able to go even higher and ski along steep mountainous slopes that they would have been unable to reach before. Alpine skiing in the Swiss Alps is becoming more expensive but more affordable ski resorts can be found in Austria, France and Italy..