Ski boots with ski bindings are attached to ski which is a narrow strip of semi-rigid material worn underfoot to glide over snow. Ski boots are footwear used in skiing in order to provide a way to attach the skier to ski bindings. Ski boots are used to effectively transmit control inputs from the skiers legs to the snow. Skiing is a recreational sport that involves gliding over snow using skis. Not only is skiing a recreational sport but also a competitive winter sport. Types of skiing include; Nordic, alpine and Telemark. The disciplines involved in Nordic type of skiing include ski jumping and cross country skiing that both use bindings attached to the toes of the skiers.
Cross country skiing is practiced on groomed trails or in undeveloped back country areas while ski jumping is practiced in certain areas that are reserved. Telemark skiing is a skiing technique that involves turning and FIS sanctioned discipline. Telemark skiing uses equipment’s that are similar to Nordic skiing in which skiing bindings are attached to the toes of the skiers not their heels. A marked ski at a ski resort is where downhill skiing takes place. The equipment used in Alpine skiing is characterized by fixed heel bindings that attach both at the toe and the heel of the skier’s boot.
The difficulty in Alpine equipment’s results to the use of ski lifts. A ski lift is a device used for transporting skiers up a hill. Ski resorts have ski lifts that are paid for. Ski lift types are; cable railways, surface lifts, helicopters and aerial lifts. However there are sub types of aerial lifts which include aerial tramways, gondola lifts, hybrid lifts, funitels, chair lifts and funifor. Aerial lifts that consists of continuously circulating steel cable loop that is strung between two end terminal ends and carries a series of chairs are chair lifts.
A type of aerial tramway that has two guide ropes and haul rope loop per cabin are funifors. An aerial tramway is also referred to as a cable car, aerial tram, ropeway or sky tram which is a type of aerial lift that uses one or two stationary ropes for support while the last rope is used for the purposes of propulsion.
Cable railways include funiculars while rope tows, magic carpets and T-bars are types of surface lifts. The practice of heli-skiing is done by use of helicopters which is referred to as back country skiing. Poles, boots and bindings, ski goggles, skiing gloves, skis, helmets and ski suits are the items and equipment’s used in skiing. A form of protective eye wear that is usually enclosed and protects the area surrounding the eye is the ski goggles.