Downhill vs. Cross-Country Skiing

A wealth an investment advisor at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman has been listed by Barron’s magazine as one of the country’s top brokers and investment advisors on numerous occasions. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman took part in the United States professional ski tour.

While the major difference between cross-country and downhill skiing is fairly obvious, there are a number of technical strengths and physical requirements associated with the sport’s two primary disciplines that may be overlooked by the casual skier or television viewer.

The difference begins with the skis themselves, which are attached to the boots of a cross-country athlete only at the toes; a downhill skier is fully attached to the skis by bindings. Additionally, downhill skiers require a greater amount of technical training to prepare themselves for the high speeds involved in the sport. Cross-country skiers, meanwhile, focus primarily on endurance training, since the movements involved with uphill, downhill, and level-terrain cross-country skiing are more natural to the body. Cross-country skiing is also a less expensive sport than downhill skiing, and in the United States there are far more areas available to cross-country skiers than there are alpine ski resorts.

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