Repeated reminders to bundle up warm before hitting the chilly ski slopes might make the concept of “bikini skiing” sound like a bit of an oxymoron.
On the contrary, this peculiar blend of icy sport and tropical attire is steeped in a heated trend that’s thawing many a frosty heart worldwide.
Yes, this entrancing concept, bikini skiing, is not only a thing, it’s fashioning waves across the global adventure-sports scene! And while a bikini might not be part of your ski packing list, it could make a fun addition to your winter sports wear, as we’re about to find out.
The Advent of Bikini Skiing
The trend of bikini skiing started in Russia in 2013. Around 700 skiers and snowboarders in the Russian ski resort of Sochi set off on a day of swimwear related skiing, capturing the attention of tabloid news editors across the world.
The phenomenon has swept through various ski resorts worldwide, with participants skiing down snow-covered hills in bikinis and board-shorts, drawing looks of both admiration and astonishment from spectators.
From Jasna in Slovenia to the Stateside resorts of Aspen and Mammoth – bikini snowboarders and skiers are becoming less of a shock to the viewer.
Of course spectacle still comes as a surprise — a swarming mosaic of bright colours and bare skin against the contrasting powdery white backdrop. It’s an exciting alternative for those seeking to spruce up their skiing experience.
Embracing the Snow in Swimwear
Why go bikini skiing? This daring variant of the traditional ski trip offers three main attractions: Freedom, thrill, and an escape from the mundane. When you slip into your bikinis and swim trunks, it’s more than just a trend; it’s about the exhilarating feeling of liberation. The thrill of cutting through the cold winds in minimal clothing; the joy of challenging norms; the fun of going beyond comfort zones.
Additionally, bikini skiing has become a platform for people to flaunt their bold personality, unique fashion sense, and love for both the snow and the sun. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but those who dare to try are sure to find it invigorating and exhilarating.
The Where and When of Bikini Skiing
While this phenomenon might invite you to ski bare-skinned at the nearest snow-clad hilltop, remember; every thrilling sport comes with its specific ‘where’ and ‘when.’
Russia — Chill Out at Grelka Fest, Sheregesh
Bikini skiing has gathered vast popularity in Russia, especially during the annual Grelka Fest in Siberia’s Sheregesh resort — a hotspot for snow-sport enthusiasts. Every year, eager adrenaline junkies make a beeline for this unique festival, creating a Guinness World Record for ‘The most people downhill skiing in swimwear’ with over 1000 participants! Grelka Fest typically takes place in April when the Siberian chill becomes bearable.
China — The ‘BoogelWoogel’ Carnival
In China, the allure of bikini skiing struck at Yabuli Ski Resort during their local ‘BoogelWoogel’ carnival. This event sees hundreds of people skiing down slopes in bikinis and shorts, despite freezing weather. Demonstrating Chinese spirit, skiers brave temperatures dipping as low as -20 degrees Celsius during this event around mid-March.
USA — Squaw Valley Swimwear Day
In the United States, bikini skiing finds a sweet spot during “Swimwear Day” at California’s Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows in May. It marks the end of the ski season and sees enthusiastic participants hitting the slopes in beachwear, enjoying the warm spring sun against the cool ski slopes.
The Unwritten Rules of Bikini Skiing
Before you jump into your best bikini and strap on those skis, here are some unofficial rules to keep in mind for an optimal bikini skiing experience:
- Protective Gear: Safety first! Recommended gear includes a helmet, goggles, and gloves, which will help you navigate the mountain slopes while protecting your skin.
- Appropriate Clothing: This might sound counterintuitive, but remember to choose ‘appropriate’ swimwear. Ensure your bikini or swim trunks can withstand fast speeds and potential falls.
- Sunscreen: You’re at high elevation, making sunburns a real threat. Apply and replenish your sunscreen regularly.
So, don your favorite swimwear, tie up those ski boots, and step into this vibrant world where adrenaline meets audacity, fashion meets frosts, and freedom embraces the frosty chills.
Bikini skiing — it’s audaciously fascinating, outrageously bold, and yes, it’s an actual thing! Test the waters, or in this case, the slopes, and take away an unmatched experience as your souvenir. Enjoy the ride, sun-soaked snow lovers!