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Ski Jumping
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Ski Jumping

Gliding down the slopes and through the air is a thrilling experience. Ski jumpers can travel two football fields. Downhill racers can reach 90 mph. And speed skiers beat sky divers, clocking in at 156 mph.

Discover how equipment and sports science are helping skiers go faster and father — and trying to keep them safer. Then explore the physics at play in this winter sport.

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Indoor Ski Resort

Indoor Ski Resort

Skiing in the Arabian desert? See how remarkable engineering and chemistry come together at the world's largest indoor snow park. More...

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Science Channel
I’m Sad Speed Skiing Isn’t an Olympic Sport

I’m Sad Speed Skiing Isn’t an Olympic Sport

Speed skiing is the fastest, non-motorized sport on Earth. Reaching speeds up to 156 mph, these skiers travel faster than the terminal velocity of sky divers. More...

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Popular Science
Betting Big on Nitrogen

Betting Big on Nitrogen

With knee injuries galore, will the US Ski Team be hampered in the Sochi Olympic Games? Not if science comes to the rescue... More...

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Wall Street Journal
Downhill Science

Downhill Science

Skiers race downhill at 90 mph, pulled by the fundamental force of gravity. Explore the physics of this "downhill thrill ride." More...

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NSF & NBC Learn
Freeride Skiing

Freeride Skiing

Jon, Andrew, and Zac are freeride skiers, "catching air" to do tricks in a half-pipe. Watch them experiment with arm positions to land the ultimate trick, the 360 rotation. More...

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DragonflyTV/PBS
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Jack Skis the Moon

Jack Skis the Moon

The moon doesn't have snow, but it reminded some Apollo astronauts of a winter wonderland — and left them wanting to ski the lunar slopes. More...

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NASA
Skiing and Friction

Skiing and Friction

Skiers are always trying to go faster with less effort. The trick is to minimize friction. Investigate how ski wax affects the sliding friction of skis. More...

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Science Buddies
The Science of Skiing v Snowboarding

The Science of Skiing v Snowboarding

Which is superior? That's the perennial feud of the slopes. Can science provide a definitive answer to the snow-sports battle? More...

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The Economist
The Science of Skis

The Science of Skis

In skiing events, the difference between winning and losing can be a fraction of a second. See how chemistry and materials science are providing a competitive edge. More...

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