5 Interesting Facts About Skiing

Two People Skiing

Going on a group skiing holiday, in our opinion, really is one of the best things you can do. It’s fun, it’s exciting and it’s so enjoyable that as soon as you come back, you want to book again!

The more you ski, the more you want to know about it. It’s the same with anything. When you enjoy something so much, you find any little bit of information about it fascinating.

Therefore, for everyone who enjoys skiing, the information below is five interesting (and particularly surprising) facts about skiing.

1. It’s a lot older than you think

In terms of a commercial holiday and sport, skiing really took off in the late 19th century and early 20th century. It’s popularity then increased substantially during the second half of the 1900s, taking us to where we are today, with skiing being one of the most popular holiday activities around.

However, not many people actually know that it’s been with us for years – as in, thousands of years.

The modern day ski itself was developed by the Norwegian Sondre Norheim in 1850, but the word for ski actually comes from the Old Norse word ‘skio’, which means a split piece of wood. Used for many years as a method of transportation, the whole process can be dated back, in writing, to 1200 AD and in prehistoric carvings, to around 4500 BC.

2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle brought skiing to Switzerland

A keen traveller, the man behind Sherlock Holmes loved skiing in Norway and felt that Switzerland had the perfect terrain for it, even though it was pretty much unheard of in the country at the time.

Having some skis brought to Switzerland, he and two Swiss brothers would practice at night (in case they were seen and ridiculed) to confirm his thoughts.

A little while later, he was so convinced Switzerland was perfect for skiing that he wrote “I am convinced that the time will come when hundreds of English men will come to Switzerland for the skiing season.”

3. You can ski faster than your car can go

Most modern day road cars can reach speeds of up to around 120 miles per hour.

In 1999, Harry Egger set a world speed-skiing record by travelling 154 miles per hour. Holding the record for seven years, in April 2006, Simone Origone came along and beat his record by 2.2 miles per hour, making him the current world record holder at 156.2 miles per hour.

4. The world’s most expensive group skiing chalets are just that – expensive

At SimplyYourHolidays, we try to offer group skiing chalets that are as affordable as possible.

However, there are some chalets out there that are expensive. We’re not talking about ‘OK, we’re going to have to save up for a little while longer’ expensive, but ‘you could buy a house with the amount of money they’re asking for one week in the chalet’ expensive.

For example, check out this chalet in Courchevel 1850 – it costs £167,000 per week. That’s nearly £14,000 each from the 12 people it houses.

5. There really is no age limit on skiing

Whilst many people enjoy skiing right into their retirement, it’s often the case that when they start to get into their late 70s, they believe they need to think about stopping.

Skiing is fun and exciting, but as we’ve hopefully shown by these facts, it can be particularly interesting, too (if not a little unusual at times!).