Can You Identify All of This Winter Sports Gear From a Photo?

By: Craig
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Winter may be behind us, but if you're a winter sports aficionado, your love of everything snow is never far from your heart.

In fact, now is the time you begin to fantasize about making that next perfect run down your favorite mountain on freshly fallen powder.  Or perhaps Nordic skiing is more your style.  Either way, you're going to need the right equipment to help you traverse the terrain.

Maybe you prefer another type of speed on the snow, aided by what is much like a motorcycle on snow.  After all, it IS a snowmobile!

If you're into team sports, it doesn't get much better than hockey.  Whether played indoors year-round or on a frozen lake exposed to the elements, it's a rough and tough contact sport that demands balance, grace and grit from the players.

No matter which of the hundreds of winter sports you chose, your gear is crucial not only to your performance but to your safety.

In this quiz, you'll find equipment used in 50 of the most-loved winter sports.  Sure, there are easy ones like skis and helmets, but there are some pretty obscure ones as well.  Do you think you can name them all?  Or will you wipeout facedown in the snow?  There's only one way to find out.  Take the quiz!


Unlike Alpine (downhill) skiing, Nordic skiing is all about traveling cross country across pretty much any terrain covered in snow. This form of skiing has been a part of the Olympic Games since 1924. In terms of equipment, both boots and skis are lighter than in alpine skiing. The heel of the foot can also detach from the ski unlike in alpine skiing where the whole foot is attached.

One of the oldest winter sports, skeleton involves lying down head first on a small sled and racing down a track. There are descriptions of the sport found in 16th-century literature. Competitions were held from the 19th century onwards. Riders experience up to 5g’s while racing and can reach speeds of 80 mph. A helmet is certainly a necessity.

Essentially racing on ice skates, speed skating is thought to have originated in the Netherlands in the 13th century. It became an Olympic sport for men in 1924 and women in 1960. Of course, technique plays a major role in how fast the skater moves but the skates are also extremely important.

The precursor to ice hockey, bandy is played on ice and consists of two teams, each with 11 members. Using sticks or any part of their body, except their heads, players try to score a goal in a demarcated area on their opponent's side of the pitch. They wear protective clothing, including helmets. Although bandy was a demonstration sport at the 1952 Helsinki Games, it is yet to be designated as an official Winter Olympic event.

A long-distance cross-country trek, sled dog racing takes place over varying distances from 50 to 1,000 miles! It was included in the 1932 Olympics as a demonstration sport but has never been again been featured.

This endurance winter sport sees contestants skiing cross country, using already-prepared ski-tracks. It requires incredible strength and endurance as well as the ability to pick the best track for the fastest time possible based on gradient and distance. Each contestant must pass pre-determined control points.

This form of snowmobiling sees contestants attempt to get up a steep snow hill, racing against the clock. The fastest time wins.

Similar to kite surfing, this sport takes place on the snow with skis replacing a kite-surfing board. And as with its sister sport, kite skiers get massive air thanks to the power of the kites they use. The sport first came to prominence in the 1970s.

Acroski or ski ballet as it is sometimes known features contestants on skis performing routines that have been choreographed beforehand. These last 90 seconds and are filled with spins, jumps and various other moves to impress the judges. Judges then give their score for a routine based on difficulty, technical execution, and artistic display. This was a demonstration sport at the 1988 and 1992 Winter Olympics but its popularity is on the decline with no international competitions presently taking place.

This winter sports discipline was only held once at an Olympic level, in 1948 at the St. Moritz Games. It consists of five disciplines: 10 km cross-country race, pistol shooting, downhill skiing, fencing and a horse jumping course.

Wok racing is a very new winter sport developed in the early 2000s by German athlete Stefan Raab. It is similar to bobsled but instead of a sled, a Chinese cooking wok, which has been somewhat modified, is used to navigate the course. The sport is either for individuals or four-man teams.

This sport combines snowboarding and skateboarding. Riders ride on the snow using the deck of a skateboard. Sometimes the decks are attached to a ski which is known as a bi-deck. Unlike snowboarding, snow skating boards are not bound to the feet of the skater.

Also known as snowboardcross, this sport sees between four to six participants racing through a course that includes various man-made jumps, banked turns and other obstacles. Participants must stay on the designated track and go through pre-allocated gates.

Played on ice, broomball is fairly similar to ice hockey. It also includes elements of soccer. Teams of six include a goalkeeper, two backs, and three forwards. The object of the game is to score more goals than your opponents using a stick to move the ball around the court. Players do not wear skates but shoes with spongy soles to help gain traction.

Formerly ice sledge hockey, this sport is played by people with problems or impediments in their lower limbs. It is the same as ice hockey except that players sit down on an ice sledge. The sport was invented in the 1960s in Sweden.

Invented in Canada in 1963, Ringette is considered to be one of the fastest sports on ice. It is primarily played by women but there are men’s teams as well. In principle, it is the same as ice hockey with teams needing to score goals in their opponent's net. There is no puck, however, just a rubber ring, and the game is in no way physical. The sport has had a world championship since 1990 and in 1991 appeared at the Winter Games as an exhibition sport.

Developed in Sweden in the 1960s, rink bandy is played on an ice hockey rink. It features two teams playing two halves of 30 minutes and is very similar to ice hockey, in terms of equipment and rules, but with less contact. The team that scores the most goals wins the game.

Basically a snowball fight, Yukigassen incorporates elements of capture the flag as well. It features teams of seven and is played in a marked out area. Team members are eliminated if hit by a snowball. A team wins by capturing its opponent's flag and returning it to their own base.

Originating in Canada, ice canoeing sees teams of five rowing and pushing their canoes over icy rivers. The first race took place in 1894 while in 1984, an association was formed specifically to arrange organized races.

Essentially the same as drifting, but on snow, this is a form of motorsport where the aim is to get your vehicle moving forward at around a 45-degree angle as you proceed around corners.

The same as regular cross country running except this takes place in winter and in the snow.

This sport sees participants ramping and jumping their snowmobiles over purposely created jumps. At the same time, they perform a range of tricks and when they land, judges rate their effort.

A pastime of kids around the world, tobogganing is simply sitting on a sled and careening down a slope. In the past, a toboggan was used to pull goods through the snow while traveling.

Similar to ice hockey, shinny is played on a more informal basis. There are generally very few rules and certainly no formal positions other than the goalkeeper. Players do not wear protective gear either.

Essentially racing on ice skates, speed skating is thought to have originated in the Netherlands in the 13th Century. It became an Olympic sport for men in 1924 and for women in 1960. The short track version of the sport simply takes place on a smaller track.

This form of skiing sees contestants flying down a sculpted ski slope on a timed run. The fastest time wins. Moguls are a series of bumps that the skier must negotiate.

Not to be confused with snowboarding, mono skiing sees participants using one wide ski instead of two regular ones. The major difference to snowboarding is that feet face forwards instead of sideways while mono skiing. Dennis Phillips invented the sport in 1950.

Some winter sports can be a little weird and certainly skibobbing is one of them. Essentially, it’s a bicycle that travels on the snow, substituting skis for wheels. Propulsion is achieved by the rider using a set of foot skis. And if you think this sport is a little silly, others take it very seriously. In fact, a skibobbing world championship has been held since 1967.

Skijoring is kind of like dog sled racing but without the sled. Oh, and the dog could be a horse. Or possibly a motor vehicle. But in competition, it's normally a dog. The course can be anything from 5 km to 20 km in length.

Not essentially a sport, but a technique to go down hill, telemarking allows a skier to turn while maintaining speed and momentum.

Figure skating is performed by single skaters or pairs. It is sometimes known as ice dancing and sees skaters perform a complex routine, including turns, jumps, spins, and lifts. They are then scored by a panel of judges. Figure skating is an extremely popular winter sport and first appeared at the summer Olympic Games of 1908 and 1920. In 1924, it became part of the winter Olympic Games.

Similar to biathlon but with a bow and arrow instead of a gun, ski archery has been around for a number of decades but only became a competitive sport in 1991. Like biathlon, skiers must complete a pre-determined route, stopping along the way to shoot at targets. Courses are 12 km long for men and 8 km long for women.

Luge is an Olympic sport in which one or two people complete a specially designed downhill course lying on their backs and hurtling down feet first. The sport was developed in Switzerland in the late 1800s with the first official race held in 1883. Luge made its Olympic debut at the 1964 Games.

The first snowboard was purposely built by Sherman Poppen, a surfer who wanted something to do during the winter months. By 1965, boards were been produced for around $15 but were sold more as a kid’s toy called a snurfer. In 1970, Dimitrije Milovich also started producing his own version of a snowboard. He started a company to build them named Winterstick and they produced boards for 10 years. Many others contributed to the development of the snowboard and by 1988, the sport had gained Olympic status.

Essentially, snocross is like motocross with the motorbikes swapped for snowmobiles. Each track is purposely built and features jumps and banked turns amongst other design elements. Jumps can be up to 9 meters high with riders reaching speeds of up to 60 mph. Not yet an Olympic sport, snocross features at the X-Games and has its own world championship.

The sport of curling originated in Scotland in the 1500s and is considered to be one of the oldest team sports on the planet. It is played by teams of two or four players and sees them slide eight ‘stones’ across the ice towards a designated target area. The speed of the stone can be influenced by ‘sweepers’ who brush the ice in front of it to make the path less resistant. Curling was officially made an Olympic sport in 1998.

Ice hockey is one of the most popular sports in North America. It was derived from field hockey with the rules drawn up by a Canadian, James Creighton. The first official match was played in 1875 and the first ice hockey club formed in 1877.

Essentially rugby played in deep snow, this form of the sport is enjoyed in a number of surprising places, including India, Afghanistan, and Finland amongst others.

Not yet an Olympic sport, this form of skating, also called precision skating, sees teams of between eight and 20 skaters performing the same routine in unison. Richard Porter is the originator of the sport and formed the first team in 1956, the Hockettes.

Ice Speedway is the same as traditional speedway except for the fact that motorbikes race on oval tracks of ice up to 425 meters in length. Studded tires are used to ensure the bikes do not slip on the ice.

The first ice climbing competition dates back to 1912 where it was held in Italy. The sport now falls under the auspices of the International Climbing and Mountaineering Federation. It features a number of different disciplines, for example, speed climbing where competitors must clear a climb in as quick a time as possible. Efforts are underway to ensure the sport gains Olympic status by 2022.

Played on snow and ice instead of grass, snow golf is very much like its more well-known counterpart where the object is to get your ball into the hole in as few shots as possible. The sport is not new. There's evidence of people playing golf in the snow as far back as the 17th century. The World Ice Golf Championships have been held in Greenland every year since 1997.

Yes, people actually do swim in ice water. Even without wetsuits. There is only one world for them – BRAVE! Well, and cold! The sport is governed by the International Ice Swimming Association which formed in 2009.

Ice fishing certainly is not new. This form of fishing has been around for centuries. It involves making a hole through the ice into the water below and fishing in it. Ice fishing contests are held all over the world. The biggest, however, takes place in Minnesota at Gull Lake with more than 15,000 participants.

Snow biking is similar to mountain biking, except, of course, it takes place on snow-covered terrain. In terms of equipment, many people choose to use fat bikes, bikes with larger, wider tires to provide more traction. A number of people have undertaken snow bike expeditions to Antarctica over the past few years with some, including Doug Stoup and Juan Menéndez Granados, doing it solo!

The sport of bobsleigh first started out in Sweden in the 1860s. It sees participants making timed runs down a purpose built track with the quickest named the winner. The first course was built in St Moritz, Switzerland, in 1897. This has been an Olympic sport since 1924.

The first recorded ski jump took place in Norway in 1808 when Ole Rye managed a jump of 9.5 meters. By 1866, the first competition was held and won by Sondre Norheim, who is considered to be the father of modern ski jumping. The sport became part of the Olympics in 1924 for men and only as recent as 2014 for women. The world record for men currently stands at 253.5 meters. This was achieved by Stefan Kraft of Norway.

Biathlon is a combined sport that includes both cross-country skiing and shooting over a specific route and distance. It was contested at the 1924 Olympics for the first time under the name Military Patrol. Biathlon officially became an Olympic sport in 1960. Accuracy in shooting is important because if targets are missed, skiers have to ski an extra distance, adding to their time.

An Olympic sport since 1992, freestyle skiing sees participants performing various disciplines, including aerial moguls, cross, slopestyle and halfpipe skiing. Perhaps the most spectacular is aerial skiing where participants perform tricks off 2- or 4-meter jumps.

This winter sport sees contestants participate in two disciplines, ski-jumping and cross-country skiing. The sport began in 1892 where the first competition was held in Oslo, Norway. It has been an Olympic event since 1924.

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