General Listening Quiz

“Snow Skiing”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate snow skiing man – woman 01:27

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are some typical sports or recreation activities that people enjoy in your area? In this conversation, you will hear a man and woman discuss snow skiing. What specific gear or equipment do you need for this sport? What are the dangers or risks of snow skiing?


cold feet” = fear of doing something
James was going to ask Ashley out on a date, but he got cold feet and couldn’t do it.”

give someone the cold shoulder” = ignore someone or give someone a cool reception
Elizabeth gave Ryan the cold shoulder when he tried to apologize for forgetting her birthday.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The woman _____.

Woman: No, this is my first time. Actually, this is my first time skiing . . . ever.

The ski slopes are ____.

Woman: The snow is great [ Yeah . . .], but it's too crowded.

Another skier ____.

Woman: . . . some stupid skier was going way too fast . . . drove me into some trees.

When the woman finds the other skier, she is going to ____.

Woman: First, I'm going to break his skis. [ Oh, well . . . ] And then, I'm going to take his picture and post it on Facebook.

The woman says she can recognize the other skier by his ___.

Woman: Oh, that's easy. He was wearing bright red boots and a purple hat . . . um, just like yours. Heh, heh, heh . . .

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Describe a recreational activity you enjoy doing in your free time and answer these questions:

  • What is the name of the activity?
  • Do you do this sport alone or with a group of people?
  • What is object of the activity (for example, you want to score the most points in a game of basketball)?
  • Are are the basic rules of the sport?
  • In what countries is this activity popular?
  • How much experience do you need to play?

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to learn more about one of these unusual activities. Use the questions above to help you research the sport:

  • polar bear swimming
  • dog sledding
  • snow tubing
  • ice sailing
  • curling
  • snow biking
  • snow kiting