WINTER SPORTS IN USA

Starting from the end of November, the people of the United States welcome winter season. It’s time when many states are covered in snow for at least 4 months, the weather is getting cold, sometimes freaking cold. And, sport fans are exciting to practice winter sports which also means snow and ice sports.

In the past, winter sports in America used to attached limited number of support due to the expensive cost to participate in and the lack of accessible facilities. In recent years, the development of the infrastructure, the growth of tourism and hospitality has allowed the evolving of winter sports destinations to the abundant. Today, no other country can boast and enjoy winter sports as varied as the USA. You can experience every winter sports that you can possibly imagine from skiing, ice-skating, snow-shoeing to snowboarding and open-air skating rinks across more than thousands of resort across America. The choice is absolutely infinite as long as you are brave enough to handle the cold and the physical exertion. Even if you have never tried it before or you don’t have the equipment; no worry, you’ve got covered with unlimited choice of tool kits available at every resort.

And to help you get started, let begin with the USA top 3 most popular winter sports.

  1. Ice hockey which is by far the most popular one based on the number of participants both in the world and in the US. It is a team sport in which two team of 6 skaters dashing around a rink chasing a hard puck with sticks in order to shoot it into their opponent’s net. It’s also considered a dangerous sport.
  2. Snowboarding which is even more  “hardcore” than ice hockey. It is the combination of 4 other winter sports namely skiing, skateboarding, surfing and sledding. Invented by the American in the 1960s, it became a Winter Olympic Sport in 1998 at Nagano and in 2014 it made the official debut in the Sochi Winter Paralympics.
  3. Downhill skiing is a real “winter sport” for many people around the world; and in America, there are 2 areas that offer the best landscape for downhill skiing which are the Adirondack Mountains in the North East, and the Rockies in the West. This sport emphasizes a great deal on technique. As the speed increase, the players must have an aerodynamically efficient tuck position to minimize drag and crash.

So what are you waiting for? Put on your parka and get moving.

The most popular winter sports in America

Winter in America covers with snow around the yard and it is so cold that you just want to curl up in warm cotton blankets. Besides the warmth in your room, the winter here also has sports that are waiting for you to discover. Let’s have a look at the 5 most popular winter sports in the USA!

1. Figure skating: Figure skating is a kind of sport that is played in groups, couples or individuals. You are able to use figure skating shoes to slide on the ice. This sport has many different movements from easy to difficult like rotating, jumping and shaping. You need time to practice it.

Figure skating

2. Snow skiing: This type of Skiing is also a popular outdoor sport in winter. This sport often focuses on mountainous areas. This sport come along with a lot of dangers because it is played outdoor and in high mountain areas. This sport in addition to the two basic items are two sliders and two struts to adjust, the player needs to prepare the others such as shoes, coats, gloves, glasses, and helmet…

3. Ice Hockey: Is one of the indispensable winter sports in America. This is a fighting game almost like football but only on ice. The two teams will compete against each other with each team of 6 players with 1 goalkeeper. Each team will score if their players use the stick to get the ball into the opponent’s net.

4. Curling: Is a quite interesting sport and often called Rockballs. Two teams of 4 players will play each other on the playing field. The aim of this sport is to hit the rockball on the ice to lead to a point of target. One team member will roll the ball while the other two members will be equipped with a broom to rub on the ice, thereby directing the ball.

Curling

What is the king winter sport in the USA?

If football is the king sport of the Summer Olympic Games, ice hockey occupies a similar position in the Winter Olympic Games. This is also one of the most favorite winter sports in the USA. Let’s learn some basic information about this subject!

About ice hockey

Ice hockey, which was developed from Canada, is a fighting sport on ice. Each team will have 6 players including a goalkeeper. A team will have a maximum of 20 registered players per match including 2 goalkeepers.

An ice hockey match consists of 3 rounds, each of which lasts 20 minutes. There is a 15-minute break between two matches.

The game field, which is 30 meters wide and 61 meters in length, consists of 3 areas including 2 defensive areas of each team and the midfield. In each defensive area, there will be 2 small circles for defensive players.

The athletes will wear gloves and protective gear on their heads and shoulders. In particular, the goalkeepers will be equipped with shin guards. 

There is be a piece of hard rubber called snowball and the players of each team will use sticks to hit the ball towards the opponent’s goal.

First appeared at the Summer Olympic Games

Ice hockey first appeared in the 1920s Summer Olympics in Belgium. This sport was then transferred to the winter sports system from the 2004 Winter Olympic Games.

Seven countries including the United States, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden are having the best ice hockey teams in the Olympic arena.

Nowadays, ice hockey is thriving in many countries, especially the geographic areas that are cold enough to form seasonal ice with perfect hardness such as Canada, Czech, Russia, Slovakia, Finland, Switzerland, and especially the northern latitude of the United States.

The king winter sport in the USA

Some countries like the United States and other European countries officially choose ice hockey as the national winter sport. The professional tournaments in North America such as the National Hockey League (NHL), the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL), etc. have become increasingly popular, attracting tens of thousands of people to the stadium and millions of viewers on TV programs.

As can be seen, there is no question that ice hockey is the king winter sport in the USA.