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Quiz Time: 40 Ski Questions For Your Next Fun Quiz (Difficulty: Medium)

by Travis McCullough | Updated: October 27th, 2022
Ski Quiz Time

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The 2022-2023 ski season is around the corner, even though we have a few months before the snow starts falling. Summer is the perfect time to brush up on your skiing knowledge so that you can impress your friends by the time winter comes around. Think you are a professional when it comes to ski facts? Let’s try out your proficiency to find out!

Mountain Ski
  1. Which Norse god is synonymous with snow and winter sports?
    1. Odin
    2. Loki
    3. Ullr
    4. Freya
    5. Thor
  1. In which state is the oldest US ski resort located?
    1. Colorado
    2. California
    3. Montana
    4. Vermont
    5. Maine
  1. Who skied down Mt. Everest?
    1. Candide Thovex
    2. Yuichiro Miura
    3. Davo Karnicar
    4. Glen Plake
    5. Chiharu Igaya
  1. How many inches of snow did Alaska’s, Alyeska Ski Resort, receive during the 2015-16 season?
    1. 794”
    2. 249”
    3. 611”
    4. 556”
    5. 419”
Alyeska ski resort
Alyeska Ski Resort – Photo by Ben Miller licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0
  1. Where were the 1924 Winter Olympics held?
    1. Nagano, Japan
    2. Chamonix, France
    3. Stockholm, Sweden
    4. Oslo, Norway
    5. Vancouver, British Columbia
  1. Which ski resort in North America has the highest skiable terrain?
    1. Snowbird, Utah
    2. Alta, Utah
    3. Bridger Bowl, Montana
    4. Loveland Ski Area, Colorado
    5. Silverton Mountain, Colorado
  1. Which is the tallest mountain in North America?
    1. Mt. Logan – Yukon Territory, Canada
    2. Pico De Orizaba – Puebla/Veracruz, Mexico
    3. Mt. Saint Elias – Alaska/Canada Border
    4. Denali – Alaska, United States
    5. Mount Foraker – Alaska, United States
  1. What symbol is used for the most difficult trails at a ski resort?
    1. Blue Square
    2. Black diamond
    3. Green Circle
    4. Double black diamond
    5. Orange oval
2 skier
  1. What are the three basic pieces of safety equipment needed for backcountry skiing?
    1. Beacon, probe, shovel
    2. Beacon, shovel, sunscreen 
    3. Probe, shovel, snowmobile
    4. Snowmobile, beacon, skins
    5. A/T bindings, skins, shovel
  1. Which corporation owns the most ski resorts in the world?
    1. POWDR Corp
    2. Alterra
    3. Vail Resorts
    4. Boyne USA
    5. Intrawest
  1. Which continent has no ski resorts?
    1. North America
    2. South America
    3. Europe
    4. Asia
    5. Australia
    6. Antarctica
    7. Africa
    8. None of the above 
  1. What is the most common characteristic of powder skis?
    1. Twin tips
    2. Softcore
    3. Stiff core
    4. Skinny profile
    5. Wide profile
powder skiing
  1. Which of these is not an Olympic Racing event?
    1. Slalom
    2. Giant slalom
    3. Big Air
  1. Which of these is not a freestyle skiing event in the Xgames?
    1. Slopestyle
    2. Big air
    3. Superpipe
    4. Street
  1. What is the longest recorded ski jump in a competition?
    1. 253.5 meters
    2. 199 meters
    3. 321.5 meters
    4. 212.5 meters
    5. 498.25 meters
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ski jumping
Photo by Vegar Samestad Hansen licensed under CC BY 2.0
  1. What organization is in charge of ski instructor certification?
    1. PSIA
    2. NSAA
    3. Ski Patrol
    4. FIS
  1. What is the biggest spin that a skier has landed in a big air competition?
    1. 1440
    2. 900
    3. 1260
    4. 1800
    5. 2160
  1. Who is the freestyle skier who famously broke both of his ankles on Chad’s Gap?
    1. Seth Morrison
    2. Tanner Hall
    3. Tom Wallisch
    4. Erik Wilson
    5. CR Johnson
  1. Which ski manufacturer partnered with freestyle skier, Candide Thovex, for 10 years?
    1. Line
    2. K2
    3. Faction
    4. Salomon
    5. Nordica 
  1. Which of these is not a professional skier?
    1. Shane Szocs 
    2. Mark Abma
    3. Mike Douglas
    4. Chris Benchetler
    5. Johnny Mosley
    6. None of the above
  1. What is the term for terrain that has obstacles and is generally ungroomed and steep?
    1. On-Piste
    2. Off-Piste
    3. Moguls
    4. Terrain Park
    5. None of the above
groomed and ungroomed
Photo by Roland Tanglao under CC0 1.0
  1. What is the term for skis that have curved tails that match the tips?
    1. Straight
    2. Asymmetrical 
    3. Symmetrical 
    4. Freestyle
    5. Twin tip
  1. Which term refers to the hourglass shape of modern skis?
    1. Straight
    2. Symmetrical 
    3. Parabolic
    4. Asymmetrical 
    5. Twin tip
  1. What does A/T stand for?
    1. All-terrain
    2. Alpine touring
    3. All touring
    4. Alpine tips
    5. None of the above
  1. What piece of equipment does a backcountry skier attach to their skis in order to ski uphill without slipping?
    1. Skins
    2. A/T bindings
    3. Crampons
    4. Tech bindings
    5. None of the above
  1. Which type of skis offer more stability at high speeds?
    1. Short skis
    2. Long skis
    3. Wide skis
    4. Skinny skis
    5. Soft skis
expert skier
  1. Which type of wood core provides the stiffest ski?
    1. Aspen
    2. Balsa
    3. Pine
    4. Maple
    5. None of the above
  1. What is the name of the metal alloy that is used to stiffen and dampen skis?
    1. Composite
    2. Carbon fiber
    3. Tungsten
    4. Copper
    5. Titanal
  1. Where are the 2026 Winter Olympics going to be held?
    1. Oslo, Norway
    2. Helsinki, Finland
    3. Nagano, Japan
    4. Chamonix, France
    5. Milan, Italy
  1. Which US state has no ski resorts?
    1. South Dakota
    2. Montana 
    3. Illinois
    4. New Hampshire
    5. None of the above
  1. Where is Bridger Bowl Ski Resort located?
    1. Vail, Colorado
    2. Lake Tahoe, California
    3. Bend, Oregon
    4. Bozeman, Montana
    5. Killington, Vermont
  1. What is the term for skiing backward with the tails of the ski pointing down the hill?
    1. Switch
    2. Fake
    3. Opposite
    4. Reverse
    5. Backward
  1. Which of these is a common characteristic of racing skis?
    1. Softcore
    2. Twin tips
    3. Stiff core
    4. Rockered profile
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ski racing
Photo by Special Olympics 2017 licensed under CC0 1.0
  1. Who is the famous freestyle skier who tragically died in 2009 in Italy because his parachute didn’t deploy in time?
    1. Shane McConkey
    2. Mark Abma
    3. CR Johnson
    4. Warren Miller
    5. JP Auclair
  1. Which of these ski resorts is not located in Vermont?
    1. Stowe Mountain
    2. Killington
    3. Smuggler’s Notch
    4. Big Sky
    5. Jay Peak
  1. Where have the Winter Xgames been held from 2002-2022?
    1. Calgary, Alberta
    2. Big Bear Lake, California
    3. Aspen, Colorado
    4. Mount Snow, Vermont
    5. Crested Butte, Vermont
  1. Where were the first Winter Xgames held?
    1. Stowe, Vermont
    2. Crested Butte, Colorado
    3. Aspen, Colorado 
    4. Big Bear Lake, California
    5. Mount Snow, Vermont
  1. What year was the first Winter Xgames held?
    1. 1993
    2. 1994
    3. 1995
    4. 1996
    5. 1997
  1. What is the term for deep, fluffy, and soft snow that is the result of a large snowstorm?
    1. Powder
    2. Hardpack
    3. Ice
    4. Dust
    5. Crust
  1. What is the name of the department that is in charge of skier safety at a ski resort?
    1. Ski Patrol
    2. Guest Services
    3. Ski school
    4. Security
    5. Rentals
ski accident

You’re finished already? That’s impressive, now it’s time to see how well you did!

Answers

  1. C – Ullr
  2. A – Colorado
  3. B – Yuichiro Miura
  4. A – 794
  5. B – Chamonix, France
  6. E – Silverton Mountain, Colorado
  7. D – Denali – Alaska, United States
  8. D – Double black diamond
  9. A – Beacon, probe, shovel 
  10. C – Vail Resorts
  11. F – Antarctica
  12. E – Wide profile
  13. C – Big air
  14. D – Street
  15. A – 253.5 meters
  16. A – PSIA
  17. E – 2160
  18. B – Tanner Hall
  19. C – Faction
  20. F – None of the above
  21. B – Off-Piste
  22. E – Twin Tip
  23. C – Parabolic
  24. B – Alpine touring
  25. A – Skins
  26. B – Long skis
  27. D – Maple
  28. E – Titanal
  29. E – Milan, Italy
  30. E – None of the above
  31. D – Bozeman, Montana
  32. A – Switch
  33. C – Stiff core
  34. A – Shane McConkey
  35. D – Big Sky
  36. C – Aspen, Colorado
  37. A – Stowe, Vermont
  38. D – 1997
  39. A – Powder
  40. A – Ski Patrol

Scores:

0-19: Beginner, you’ve got a way to go!

20-29: Intermediate, you have learned a lot since last season!

30-34: Advanced, you have obviously been skiing for a long time!

35-40: Expert, you have mastered the art of skiing trivia!

Conclusion

Hopefully, you were able to learn some new interesting ski facts during the off-season!  If not, consider yourself a master of ski knowledge!

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