Yongpyong Resort became popular after being featured in episode 9 of the K-drama Goblin. In that episode, Eun Tak, attempting to hide from Goblin, took on a part-time job there. The episode also depicted Eun Tak taking the gondola to Dragon’s Peak.

In addition to its appearance in Goblin, Yongpyong Resort is renowned as the first ski resort in Korea, established in 1975. The resort hosted the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Alpine skiing’s growing popularity is also matched by the emergence of new technologies in the sport’s equipment. The newest of which is the BOA alpine ski boots introduced in November 2023, marking the latest technology for the 2023-24 season. These boots are equipped with a system that simplifies the process of locking skiers’ feet in place.

Bridger Walser, JANS’ ski salesman and boot-fitter, explained the uniqueness of the new technology, saying, “It’s taken from the snowboard boot technology. It’s more for that mid-volume, high-arch foot, so you’re not clamping down on the foot, cutting off that circulation.”

Walser also emphasized the technology’s safety, assuring that even with wear and tear from usage, the implemented technology will not “blow up.” Currently, this new technology is incorporated into boots from brands such as Atomic, Fischer, and others.

Over the years, ski equipment has undergone evolution thanks to innovation. In the early days, skis were long, straight, and skinny. Now, skis offer various options, including directional skis, fat skis, touring skis, park skis, twin tips, and more. This variety of choices allows skiers to select the skis that suit them best.

Ski technology over the years

Skiing became a cultural sensation in the 1950s and 1960s, propelled by influential skiers such as Toni Sailer and Stein Eriksen. This era also witnessed significant changes in ski technology as manufacturers began using new materials in wooden skis. For instance, Howard Head introduced aluminum to enhance the strength of wooden skis, while the Toni Sailer brand utilized fiberglass.

In 1974, a new trend emerged as ski manufacturers began producing alpine skis with twin tips. The pioneering product of this trend was the Olin Mark IV, famous for its appearance in the James Bond film “For Your Eyes Only.” Additionally, these skis marked the introduction of the twin-tip design, featuring raised noses and tails. In theory, skiers could use this pair of skis backward. 

However, the Olin Mark IV was not recognized as a significant innovation. It took more than 20 years for another company to manufacture a twin-tip ski.

In 1988, Atomic Fatties revolutionized skiing with wider skis, excelling in deep snow navigation. In the late 1990s, Salomon’s “1080” popularised twin-tip skis, the first of their kind designed for tricks inspired by snowboarders. This innovation allowed skiers to land both forwards and backward, doubling trick possibilities.

The success of the Salomon 1080 led to widespread adoption, with Jason Levinthal introducing the “Ostness Dragon” in 1999 as the answer to the 1080. The twin-tip design proved to be a lasting trend in skiing.

Fans and betting

Like any other professional sport, people love watching their favorite skiers compete in the biggest sport events of the year. Betting is one way to enhance fans’ enjoyment of the sport. Additionally, some people view betting on their favorite sports as a way to compete with their friends. Another reason fans enjoy betting is that they want to apply their sports knowledge to something.

When it comes to Alpine skiing betting, emotions play a significant role in bettors’ decisions. For instance, someone might bet on a skier simply because the athlete is their favorite, and they have an emotional attachment to that skier. 

Alongside emotions, thrill and excitement are two factors that can impact bettors’ decision-making. Experiencing strong emotions can influence a bettor’s judgment and prompt impulsive decisions. 

However, there are ways to mitigate the influence of emotions in betting, such as employing a rational approach. Bettors can achieve this by objectively analyzing data, conducting their research, and setting a budget for their bets. 

This skill is particularly crucial for individuals interested in participating in Alpine skiing outrights, for they should predict the final result of a championship instead of making a bet for individual races. Indeed, Alpine skiing outright bets offer bigger payouts, but they also have a higher risk.