Extreme Skiing

    What is Extreme Skiing?

    We chose to dedicate to it a separate chapter, even though you might say that it is just a part of skiing and snowboarding. But we think that Extreme skiing deserves a special attention. even though it’s just another type of skiing it hold new levels of adrenaline that can be injected to your brain and can’t really be explained together with regular skiing and snowboarding.

    So, what is it? Extreme skiing is skiing on remote slopes outside the established sites, it’s being the first to ski the fresh snow. The slopes are above 45° bank and can go even above 60° (100% – 170% when 100% is a 45° bank slope).

    Extreme skiing started around the 70′s. There were several successful attempts in the 60′s to go down on slops that were considered impossible up until then. But it was only in the 80′s that this extreme sport became a separate branch of classic skiing.

    The term “Extreme skiing” is often being confused with regular skiing which indeed happens to become extreme from time to time. For example, skiing fast and aggressively on a black diamond trail is undoubtedly an extreme sport, but it is not Extreme skiing.

    Extreme skiing can be done on skis or on snowboard. Here we will talk mostly about the skis, because it is the more common and because the speeds on skis are higher than on snowboard.

    In the beginning, Extreme skiers were simply looking for a way to get away from the crowded skiing sites, even the off-piste trails weren’t enough anymore. They started with mountaineering, then decided to seek help from airplanes and helicopters…Hey, why walk for hours when you can fly, right? So heliskiing was born, when you combine Extreme skiing with heliskiing you open yourself to almost countless new slopes that are now accessible.

    Moreover, some slopes end with a huge cliff so…why not take advantage of that and finish your ski run with a BASE jump right? You bet ya! So ski-base was developed.

    As you can see, Extreme Skiing became a lab for new extreme sports, because it has been introduced by the true extemers, by adrenaline junkies who are always looking for the next opportunity to stretch human limits.


    What’s extreme about it?

    Extreme skiing is one of the most exciting things you can do on the snow, period. Once you are ready for it physically and mentally, you will understand it yourself. Jumping out of a helicopter hovering above the mountain peak too sharp and small for you to stand on it. Skiing on a slope of 70° on fresh powder which has never been skied on before you, dropping huge falls, struggling to slow yourself down after landing, flying on the snow through an unfamiliar terrain. This is the ultimate extreme ski sport.



    How dangerous is it?

    Extreme skiing is exceptionally dangerous because of the obvious- crazy slopes, unknown terrain, avalanches, high falls and deep snowpossibly concealing huge rocks. You can’t start Extreme skiing “slow” or “give it a try”, you’ve got to become a pro before you go there.

    The injuries are more severethan regular skiing.Speed is much faster, and if you fall, you’ll roll down the steep slope hitting every rock on your way. In a word, death is a clear possibility.


    How to start?

    To begin Extreme skiing you’ll need long preparation, probably years of it. First you’ve got skiing. There are countless schools around the world, you can find one practically in every skiing site. After learning the basics you will improve your level little by little. You’ll begin feeling more free when carving and stemming down the slopes. Then you will gradually lose fear as it comes to speed which will keep on growing. Don’t worry, this isn’t a the hard work, you will have fun and “drink” lots of adrenaline while advancing yourself.

    You will go to harder and harder rate trails in the skiing sites, and after some time you will be able to safely go down the off-piste trails.

    Now, after all that, after you’ve trained enough and got physically strong you can try your first extreme ski adventure. Keep it safe.