Like the thought of whizzing down a snowy slope with the wind in your hair? Then downhill skiing is for you. Also known as alpine skiing, it is a type of sport that involves skiing down steep slopes in a single run. Itês actually been around for 150 years, thanks to a Norwegian man who invented a way of tying his boots to his skis and subsequently went on to win the first downhill skiing competition. As a competitive sport, downhill skiing has the longest course and can actually get up to high speeds, being popular with skiers who love their adrenaline..