The first thing you will probably think when you play this game is that Mario CLEARLY isn't skating. Now maybe someone grew up thinking skiing is actually skating or maybe it was a simple mistake. We will never know. Ok so Mario must safely navigate the slalom on his SKIS (not skates) by maintaining his balance and not falling on his head. While his head may be hard enough to break bricks it cannot survive even the slightest fall while skiing. Who would have thought?