By Karla Comayagua
Bobsledding consists of two teams racing down twisted ice tracks of about 1,650 meters in a sled. Bobsledding first appeared in the 1924 Winter Olympic Games. Bobsleds weigh hundreds of pounds therefore steering it down the icy track becomes challenging. The rapid speeds and quick turns make this sport exhilarating to take part in. In Big Bear, California people can control their seed twisting and turning down a 1/4 mile long track at an attraction called Alpine Slide.
Skiing is usually played as a recreational activity in ski resorts, but there is also competitive side to skiing. It made in the Winter Olympics in 1936. There are three main types of skiing: Nordic, Alpine, and Telemark. Nordic is also known as cross country skiing while Alpine consists of downhill skiing. Telemark skiing is a technique with similar characteristics as Nordic and Alpine skiing. All methods are adrenaline pumping and fast paced. Trying to balance and control the high speeds makes skiing a challenging sport and a great way to stay active and burn calories. Mammoth Ski Resort has about 300 days of sunshine but still receives an average of 400 inches of snow making it one of the longest ski resorts.
Known as Canada’s National Winter Sport, ice hockey consists of two teams using hockey sticks to shoot a rubber puck into the opponent’s net. Usually, hockey is played with five skaters on the ice plus one goaltender for each team. After gaining popularity, The National Hockey Association was developed in 1910. The growing recognition of the organization introduced the creation of the Stanley Cup, a championship trophy awarded annually to the winner of the playoffs in the National Hockey League. The Stanley Cup draws large crowds and ice hockey enthusiasts each year. There are multiple ice rinks in California with an indoor ice hockey arena and classes one being, the Ice Station in Valencia.
Figure Skating consists of duos, groups, or solos where the skaters perform routines of spins, jumps, lifts, throw jumps, death spirals and several other elements on ice. There is also noncompetitive ice skating where skaters perform in ice shows and exhibitions. The sport grew immensely popular and became the first winter sport included in the 1908 Winter Olympics. Some aspects of the sport require immense flexibility and years of training. For example, the Layback Spin requires a great deal of balance and flexibility in the spinal column. Skaters can also surpass an impressive 300 RPM as the head and neck lean back while spinning in the air. It definitely takes practice to balance on the ice, but the sport is still highly popular during the winter.There are several places where people can figure skate including Woodland Hills Ice, which is an outdoor skating arena that offers personal and group lessons.