A little bit of history~
The first ski resorts emerged in France about a hundred years ago.
Initially practised by a closed circle of professional enthusiasts, downhill skiing then became popularised, becoming THE ultimate winter sport.
Where do you do it ?~
As its name suggests, downhill skiing is only practiced ongroomed slopes, offered by the various ski areas.It is therefore the job of the ski resorts to prepare, maintain and ensure the security of the slopes in winter. You can reach them using the lifts, i.e. cable cars, gondolas, chair lifts and ski lifts.
Off-piste, the snow is in its natural condition. Skiing on this type of snow is referred to as All Mountain or Freeride skiing.
In a ski resort, each piste is colour coded according to its level of difficulty:~
The green piste is considered as the easiest.They are suited to people who are learning how to ski. Then comes the blue piste, which has an easy to medium difficulty and is suitable for beginner skiers. Red pistes are for intermediate skiers, with a gradient of between 30 and 40%. Finally, the black piste, which is the most difficult, is for advanced skiers, who enjoy a steep slope to gain speed. This is referred to as carving, which means that the ski edges are used to carve out great-looking turns.