Here in Southern California, we don’t take part (participate) in a lot of winter sports. The reason is obvious: there is little ice or snow. In other parts of the country — such as Minnesota, where Jeff was born — a lot of winter sports are popular.
Among the most popular winter sports is skiing, both downhill skiing (down a hill) and cross-country skiing (on mostly flat land). Ice skating is also popular, although few of us can figure skate (the sport of skating in patterns on ice) like Michelle Kwan or Dorothy Hamill (Does anyone remember her other than me?).
I’ve gone skiing a few times, although I stayed on the bunny slopes (the gentle and not very steep hills for beginners) most of the time and was scared to death when I tried mogul skiing, which is when you ski down a slope with bumps and on it. It took me a long time to get down that hill and I’ve never been back since!
I’ve done a little better with ice skating, although not much better. For someone raised in the sweltering (very high temperature) heat of Arizona, any temperature under 60 degrees Fahrenheit (15 degrees Celsius) is cold to me. Whether skiing or skating, I’d rather be sitting in the warming hut (room or building where people can get a warm drink and take a break from the cold of the snow and ice) sipping (drinking a little at a time) some nice warm hot chocolate.
There are many more winter sports, including sledding, snowboarding, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and hockey. Which winter sports are popular where you live? Do you participate in any winter sports yourself?
Photo credit: Skier carving a turn from Wikipedia