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Other Disciplines

There are a number of snowsports disciplines that are not currently practiced competitively in Scotland despite in some cases them being Olympic snowsports disciplines

 

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Aerials and Moguls

The original freestyle skiing disciplines, Aerials and Moguls are not currently actively practiced competitively in Scotland.

Aerialists ski off 2-4 meter jumps, that propel them up to 6 meters in the air (which can be up to 20 meters above the landing height, given the landing slope). Once in the air, aerialists perform multiple flips and twists before landing on a 34 to 39-degree inclined landing hill about 30 meters in length. The top male aerialists can currently perform triple back flips with up to four or five twists. Aerial skiing is a judged sport, and competitors receive a score based on jump takeoff (20%), jump form (50%) and landing (30%).

Mogul skiing is a competition consisting of one timed run of free skiing on a steep, heavily moguled course, stressing technical turns, aerial maneuvers and speed.  Moguls are a series of bumps on a piste formed when skiers push snow into mounds as they do sharp turns. This tends to happen naturally as skiers use the slope but they can also be constructed artificially. The course includes two small jumps which are used as a take-off for aerial maneuvers. Athletes can perform upright or inverted tricks off these jumps in the course of a competition run.  Dual Mogul competition consists of elimination rounds where pairs of competitors compete against each other. Each loser is eliminated and each winner advances to the next round until a final result is achieved.  Scoring is based on the quality of the turns (60%), the form and difficulty of the jumps (20%), and the speed taken to complete the run (20%).

Snowboard Racing

Snowboard racing is where snowboarders attempt to obtain the fastest time down a course. Snowboard racing can be done against the clock, or by two or more competitors racing in a head-to-head format.  The current Olympic racing event is Parallel Slalom though other variations do exist.

 

Speed Skiing

Speed Skiing is the sport of skiing downhill in a straight line at as high a speed as possible, as timed over a fixed stretch of ski slope. There are two types of contest: breaking an existing speed record or having the fastest run at a given competition. Speed skiing is practiced on steep, specially designed courses one kilometer (0.62 mi) long. There are approximately thirty of these courses worldwide, many of them at high altitudes to minimize air resistance. The first 300 or 400 m (980 or 1,310 ft) of the course (the launching area) is used to gain speed, the top speed is measured in the next 100 m (330 ft) (the timing zone) and the last 500 m (1,600 ft) (the run-out area) is used for slowing down and coming to a stop.  The current world record for men is held by Ivan Origone (Italy) and is a whopping 254.958 km/h (158.424 mph), with the womens record held by Valentina Greggio (Italy) of 247.083 km/h (153.530 mph).

Skimo

Skimo is performance-oriented ski touring with the following objectives: go uphill, use ski touring as exercise, and combine different mountain(eering) skills while on skis. There is a thriving skimo scene in Scotland to visit Skimo Scotland click here.

Upbattle

Allowing you to test some of best splitboards out there on UK snow, Upbattle features a Le Mans style start and a race up to the summit and back down again. For more information click here.

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