Oh those cold winter days are here and all the little ponds are frozen for us to grab our skates and go play. Here we’ve rounded up some of the best types of ice sports.
Types of Ice Sports
- Ice Skating
- Ice Hockey
- Snow Snake
- Ice Climbing
- Ice Speedway
- Ice Canoeing
- Ice Sailing
- Ice Swimming
1. Ice Skating
Ice Skating is a sport of gliding across an ice surface on blades fixed to the bottoms of shoes (skates).
Skiing is a sport which involves moving over snow by the use of a pair of long, flat runners called skis, attached or bound to shoes or boots.
is going downhill on a small sledge, sitting or lying down, either old-fashioned wooden ones with parallel runners, or modern plastic ones, which are more like trays called as “Sleds”. Also, called as Sledging or Tobogganing.
Snowboarding is a winter sport that involves descending a slope that is covered with snow while standing on a board attached to a rider’s feet, using a special boot set onto a mounted binding. The development of snowboarding was inspired by skateboarding, sledding, surfing and skiing.
Snowmobiling is sort of like riding a motorcycle on snow, and many would argue a lot more fun. Driving through a silvery forest on a beast of a machine gives a rush that gets people hooked.
Bandy is a team sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team’s goal. Based on the number of participating athletes, bandy is the world’s second most popular winter sport after ice hockey. Also, called as Banty.
Broomball is a game similar to hockey. It’s played on ice, with two teams (usually six players per side including the goalie) trying to shoot into each other’s goal.
Players use special broomball equipment such as tennis shoes or specially-made broomball shoes instead of skates. They also use sticks with plastic ends shaped like brooms, hence the name “Broomball”.
Curling is a game played on ice in which two teams of four players each compete in sliding large stones toward a mark in the center of a circle. Also, called as Chess on Ice or The Roaring Game.
9. Ice Hockey
Ice hockey is a sport that is played by two teams on ice. They hold hockey sticks, which they use to push, shoot or pass a puck around the ice. The players score by shooting the puck into a net; the goaltenders try to stop them.
Ringette, like hockey, is played on ice with skates and sticks with six players per team on the ice at once. The objective is to score goals by shooting the object of play into the opposing team’s net at either end of the rink during stop-time periods of play. But this is where the comparisons between ringette and hockey really end. The stick is straight. The object being pursued by the players is a rubber ring, not a puck. There is no intentional body contact. And the rules of ringette make it a wide-open and dynamic sport.
11. Snow Snake
Snow snake is played by four teams, called “corners”, who compete in trying to throw their wooden “snow snakes” the farthest along a long trough, or track, of snow. The game is divided into rounds, and in a round each team gets four throws. At the end of each round, two points are awarded to the team of the person who made the farthest throw in the round, and one point is awarded for the second farthest throw. Play continues until one of the teams wins, by achieving a certain predetermined number of points.
In Japan, snowball fighting is no longer kids’ stuff, but has become a professional sport called yukigassen, where two teams of seven adults each battle it out for glory.
The objective is to eliminate members of the opposing team with snowball hits. The team with the most number of remaining players at the end of the 3-minute set; or the team to first capture the opponent’s flag WINS!
13. Ice Climbing
Ice climbing is a lot like rock climbing, except you’re climbing a completely different surface. Snow and ice are ever-changing environments that make climbing challenging and exciting. Usually, ice climbing refers to roped and protected climbing of features such as icefalls, frozen waterfalls, and cliffs and rock slabs covered with ice refrozen from flows of water. For the purposes of climbing, ice can be broadly divided into two spheres, alpine ice and water ice.
14. Ice Speedway
Of all the speedway races, Ice Speedway is often considered as the craziest, as it requires highest levels of skills and bravery. Ice Speedway is a motorcycle racing sport in which riders use specially enhanced bikes to race on a tracks that have a frozen surface.
The bikes used for racing are divided into two classes, full-rubber and studded, based on whether spikes are used on the tires or not. The studded tire bikes have several 3cm spikes on both the front and the rear wheel. Also, called as Snowbiking.
15. Ice Canoeing
Ice Canoeing, as evident from its name, is a sport which involves riding a canoe on an ice covered course.
16. Ice Sailing
Ice Sailing is the sport of sailing and racing modified boats on ice. An iceboat is basically a sailboat that travels on thin blades, or runners, on the surface of the ice. Also, called as Ice Yachting or Ice Boating.
17. Ice Swimming
‘Eek!’ ‘No way!’ ‘You Finns are nuts!’ These tend to be the first unenthusiastic reactions of tourists faced with the prospect of a dip in an icy lake. Slipping into black, frozen water does bring to mind the fate of the Titanic rather than the exciting prospect of a pleasant swim. Why on earth would anyone take the plunge if they didn’t have to? Well, maybe because it’s not an extreme sport for masochists, but an experience that leaves you feeling fantastic and refreshed.