It is in this established system that seven new disciplines were introduced: the Alpine ski team competition, the ice skating mass start, the big air snowboarding mode (all three for men and women) and the double mix of curling. Let us recap them briefly.
Alpine Ski Team Race
Ice skating mass start
Snowboarding Big Air
Double mixed curling mix
The new winter mountain
When we think about winter sports, many people usually refer to skiing, snowboarding and skating. Things have changed quickly, however, and the "new" winter Olympics are there to prove it. The inclusion of the seven new disciplines, is nothing but the litmus test of a phenomenon that has been evident for some time now, for those who go to the mountains and follow the trends with passion: the desire to find a sport - or even just a pastime - to practice on the snow is always greater.
It's enough to think of team skiing: a sport that was once an emblem of individualism, is even thought of and studied in its collective form today, with the sole aim of giving shape to a new variant.
A series of changes that is leading the mountain, in its coldest season, to no longer be just the place where, as happened a few decades ago, sport is practiced only by wealthy mountaineers or by hard and pure sportsmen. Today, thanks also to the diffusion of medium/good quality equipment at not excessive costs, more and more people are approaching these places and, among these, more and more individuals decide to engage in old and new activities on the snow. So what we find is that, on the one hand, traditional sports are revisited and becoming mass sports removing the elitism, and on the other, new trends often closer to the world of hobbies and fun rather than competition.
The great classics, in a modern key
The best way to enjoy the absolute charm of the most beautiful mountain resorts is, for example, heli-skiing. The most remote peaks are reached by helicopter and then descended off-piste. A good descent technique, combined with an excellent knowledge of the mountain environment and a good spending capacity are essential for practicing it. Flying a helicopter is not really one of the cheapest activities you can do - anywhere in the world.
Halfway between sport and fun is the skifox, a kind of scooter without handlebar that is used with two small skis on your feet. It can be defined as a middle way between tobogganing and skiing, although it is profoundly different from both. There are actually three skis, one of which is connected to a chair and two very small ones are anchored to the feet.
There is no room for adrenaline fueled activities alone, however, on the snow. Not everyone knows, but yoga is also practiced outdoors in mountain locations. St. Moritz, i.e., offers its tourists an unusual ski slope. The goal of those who face it is quite the opposite of what every skier usually pursues. Among these slopes, the aim is to decelerate rather than go strong. There are four "stages":"om","prana","vinyasa" and "asanas", with the possibility - for most of the exercises - to keep skis or snowboards at your feet.
And if you didn’t have enough new sports to try yet, all you need to do is try airboarding: they glide down the slopes upside down on an inflatable board. What's important, whatever the activity you decide to practice, is to always keep one fundamental thing in mind: with the mountain you don't fool yourself. When you decide to practice any kind of sport in this type of environment - not only in winter - you need physical preparation and to take great care: the mountain is a place that, if underestimated and not adequately "respected", can be really very dangerous.