mountain skiing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by olga69, Mar 5, 2018.

  1. olga69 Senior Member

    Can I say "I like mountain skiing" referring to Alpine skiing?
    If yes, does it sound natural?
  2. Keith Bradford

    Keith Bradford Senior Member

    Brittany, NW France
    English (Midlands UK)
    Why not? Alpine skiing is a competitive sport to Olympic level. Mountain skiing is skiing in mountains, and if that's your preferred way to break your leg, please don't let us stop you!
  3. sound shift

    sound shift Senior Member

    Derby (central England)
    English - England
    Yes, and "mountain skiing" is well attested online.
  4. Andygc

    Andygc Senior Member

    British English
    No. Alpine skiing is one type of skiing in mountains. Ski touring is also skiing in mountains, but it uses different equipment and people doing it walk up the hills. Cross-country skiing also takes place in mountains, but usually near the valleys to avoid a lot of uphill work. The alternative name for alpine skiing is downhill skiing, not mountain skiing. The phrase "mountain skiing" with the meaning "alpine (or downhill) skiing" is not well-attested online. There are many websites that have {name of the mountain} skiing as in Blue Mountain skiing and Mammoth Mountain skiing. There are also several sites that refer to "big mountain skiing". That is not conventional alpine skiing, but a combination of skiing on difficult terrain combined with jumps and stunts - one of the pathways to freestyle skiing. Then there is "all-mountain skiing" which makes a point of going off piste. There's also descriptive use: "Our sprawling mountain skiing complex", where the skiing complex is up a mountain, rather than there being a resort that offers "mountain skiing". And, of course, there are the web sites with a well-placed full stop as in "It's all here at CairnGorm Mountain. Skiing, Snowboarding, Freestyle, Telemarking."

    No, it's a type of skiing developed as a recreational activity in the late 19th century for holidaymakers in the Alps, and which has subsequently become a competitive sport. It remains a recreational activity for the vast majority of people who ski downhill.

    olga69, if you want people who ski to understand you, it's "alpine skiing" or "downhill skiing".
  5. olga69 Senior Member

  6. olga69 Senior Member

    Thank you, everybody, for your help!

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