Skiing games
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Date: 10 February, 2011

Photo: David Maisel, Wikipedia

 

'Ten skiing games to keep you entertained, without getting cold and wet (or breaking anything!)'

 

Has the credit crunch put paid to your skiing this year, or are you just trying to keep your carbon footprint down?

If you can’t get to the slopes, here are ten skiing games to keep you entertained, without getting you cold and wet (or breaking anything…)

Small but important print: All games are free downloads or free to view online, and need the minimum of equipment.

Some games require your browser to have a 'plug in' for Shockwave, Flash or Java.

To play a game, simply click on its name.

If you are a parent, we advise you to try the game and the site it's on first before letting your kids play them, to make sure you're happy.

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SkiFree

The first skiing game I ever played! SkiFree was first developed in 1991. You, as the skier, ski down a freestyle, slalom, or tree slalom course, or ski free.

Download the file, extract the contents, and click on the file (you may also have to click ‘run’, and the game opens). In the slalom courses, weave round the flags and avoid the obstacles (though watch for the animations when you do bump into things).

In the freestyle course, jump, using the left mouse button, to gain points. Use the arrow keys or the mouse to change direction, but be aware that this is an old game and isn’t as fast to respond as the newer ones.

Once you cross the finish line, keep skiing, look out for the abominable snow monster, and try to avoid being eaten. Brought back some very happy memories!

Downhill Skiing

Get through the gates, avoid the obstacles and pick up the stars. Use the mouse to turn and click to jump (hold before releasing for a higher jump), and head through the gates – the bottom of the screen gives you a hint on where the gates are.

The downhill course has more obstacles, and the slalom course more gates. I lost the course a few times and fell over a lot!

Trysil Twintip

On the ground, use the left and right arrows to ski in different directions, the up arrow to turn, and the space bar to jump (the longer you hold it down, the higher the jump). In the air, use the left and right arrow to flip and the up arrow to spin.

You can even ski backwards if you think it will help. Trysil is a large ski resort in Norway. This one was my favourite.

Ski Slalom

This is one of the few skiing games to feature a girl! The instructions flash past rather fast, but use the arrow keys to steer and H to turn more sharply. Get through the gates and beat the timer – this one is hard!

Downhill Joe

Get Joe on his snowboard to the bottom of the hill – use the left and right arrow keys to speed up and slow down, and the up arrow key to jump over obstacles (some of which seem to be sunbathers – how odd…) Collect bonus points and extra lives.

Sylvester and Tweety: Ski-Daddle

Help Sylvester catch Tweety on the ski slopes. Steer using left and right arrows, speed up and slow down with the up and down arrows, and jump using the space bar. Ramps will help you but Hector the bulldog will try to catch you. Not as easy as it looks and great fun.

Ski 3D

The aim is to ski through the gates and get the fastest time. Choose tutor level for no gates and no time limit, and race for gates, timing and placing, and change the fog and snow settings to make things harder or easier. If you go off the track, fall, or miss a gate, the game is over.

The left and right arrows steer, P pauses, A starts and slows down or switches to upright skiing, and Z speeds up or switches to a crouch. Up and down arrows provide an emergency boost at slow speeds only.

Snowman Skiing

Collect pinecones, carrots and branches to complete the skiing snowman, and avoid crashing into trees, otherwise bits fall off (probably a good strategy for life, too). As with most of these games, the left and right arrows steer the skier.

Ski Run

To complete the run (and unlock the next run), ski between the blue and red flags and get to the end before the time runs out. Choose whether to use the mouse or keyboard, and then use the left and right arrow keys or mouse to control the skier.

Holding down the mouse button or up arrow accelerates, and if you miss three sets of flags, you are disqualified. The steering takes a bit of getting used to!

Ski Motor Jump

Fed up of skiing on foot – try a car. Pressing the space bar once fires the rockets, and pressing it again gets you airborne. The arrow keys control flight – avoid snowballs and collect power-ups on the way.

Now pick your car and go! Simple, silly and fun. There are other skiing games on the same site, and for every 1000 games played, a tree is planted in Peru.

Suzanne Elvidge is a freelance writer and Surefish Ethical Living Editor