Frequently Asked Questions

You will find here the answers to the questions you could ask about speed ski.
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When and where was organised the first professional speed ski competition ?The first professional speed ski competition was held in 1979 at Georgian Peaks, Ontario, Canada.
Is that right that a KL event was held in Scotland ?It's right. It was the "Smirnoff Flying Kilometre" who was held in Glenshee from 19th to 23th March 1985.
What is the best snow to go really fast ?The best snow for speed skiing is not the coldest one. A skier goes faster on a lightly wet snow. This type of snow allows a thin layer of water to appear under the skis for a higher speed.
Is speed skiing a dangerous sport ?Just like downhill ski, speed skiing could be dangerous. But, thanks to the good preparation of the tracks, the danger is minimum. The tracks are really sleek and there are few chances to rebound if you fall. In this case, You normally slide to the bottom getting some burns and bruises.
I'd like to do speed skiing. Where can I get information to start this sport ?The best solution is the contact the federation of your country (see the Link page for the known speed ski federations). They will tell you the whats and hows.
Who is the fastest woman on ski ?The fastest woman on ski is actually Sanna Tidstrand (Sweden) : 242.590 km/h in les Arcs during the Pro Mondial 2006. For the complete current records, see the Records page.
I can't found anything about KL in Italy, I want to do Speed Skiing, but I don't know how. I usually go to Cervinia. May you help me ?Dear Luca, Cervinia is indeed the Italian place to go for speed skiing. I suggest either you contact the italian ski federation or you go to Cervinia during the next KL event (FIS World Cup from April 1st to 3rd, 2009) and contact an Italian speed skier for more information. You can also send us an e-mail and we'll give you some italian KL people addresses.
What is, in general, the speed at the start and at the end of the km ?In fact, the speed is not measured on one kilometer as one could think but on 100 m. The name KL comes from Kilometro Lanciato given during the events of speed skiing in Cervinia in the 60s. The instant speed is never measured. For more information, please refer to the official rules :
1) When were the first Speedski World Championships held ? 2) Since when there is a World Cup ? 3) And since when are these competitions organized by the FIS? 1) According to our archives, there was a World Championship organised in 1981 in Storm Peak (USA). But it was not a FIS event. 2) According to the FIS archives, the first World Cup was organised in 2000 3) After the olympics games in 1992, there was a separation between the FIS and national federations. The "modern era" of speedski started in 2000 with the FIS World Cup events
I am a young skier on the east coast. I have searched for information pertaining to the sport in the US, but haven't found any. I would like to know how to get into the sport in the USA or Canada. Any info appreciated.Hi Michael. Please send an e-mail to I'll reply with some people you can contact to answer you question.
Who is the fastest man on ski ?The fastest man on ski is actually Simone Origone (Italy) : 252.454 km/h in Vars (FRA) during the Speed Masters 2014.
It seems that the track in les Arcs is no longer homologated. Why ? Does it mean that there won't be any record attempts or WC races on the track. What happens to it ?Following 2 deadly accidents (which occurred in 2007 out of the runs themselves), the town hall of Vars and the society of the mechanical lifts do not want to take the responsibility anymore of organizing speed ski races. Local politics do not want to pay for the works requested by the FIS to secure the track. Conclusion : no homologation therefore no race.
I'd like to know how the current record holder could beat his own record; which parameters are key factor to increase the speed ?I would say the temperature of the snow, the quality of the air and essentially the preparation of the track and the ability of the skier to keep the best aerodynamic position.
I don't see several skiers in the results list for world championships in 1985 and 1986 even though they were FIS Racers and finished in the top 50We know that. Unfortunately, we were not able to find the result lists for some years. If you have such lists, feel free to send them to us.
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