I came across a sentence "go skiing at Mt Everest". I searched on the Internet and tried to find the usage of prepositions after ski, but could not find a satisfying result.

This might be too short a question to ask, but what comes in the blank?

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    We would speak of skiing at [name of a resort], but it sounds odd to me with the name of a mountain. I'm no skier, but I would think on [the slopes of] Mount X. Dec 17, 2021 at 11:27
  • See this NGram showing that both in and at are in common use for your context. Obviously they can't have different meanings, so just choose whichever you like best. Dec 17, 2021 at 12:15
  • @FumbleFingers - Actually, it shows on and at, not in! Dec 17, 2021 at 13:09
  • @KateBunting: Oops! Well, I did say see the NGram, so anyone who just took my text at face value has only themselves to blame! The substantive point is that the choice of preposition is optional, and it's not hard to find online resources telling you which choices other people have been making over decades or even centuries. Dec 17, 2021 at 13:30
  • Some (most?) of the 'at' results probably refer to resorts whose name begins with Mont, such as Mont-Tremblant in Canada, rather than mountains per se. Dec 17, 2021 at 14:18

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If you started up high on Mt Blanc and finished somewhere near the bottom, I'd use "Skied down Mt Blanc".

You can also use a direct object: "I've skied Mt Blanc"


If you are going to a ski resort to spend a typical ski holiday, you ski at the resort.

We are going skiing at Steamboat.

If perhaps you are a more experienced skier going skiing with a small group where there is no ski resort, you would report the name of the mountain where you will ski.

We are going skiing on Mount Everest.

The same phrase can be expressed

We are going to ski Mount Everest.

If you are travelling to particular country or mountainous region of the world you are skiing in that place.

We are going skiing in Switzerland.
We are going skiing in the Rockies.

As James K mentions, to indicate that you will ski down a particular run or mountain you would say

We are going to ski down Dead Man's Passage at Brekenridge.

Once again you can just drop the preposition and say

We are going to ski Dead Man's Passage.

All downhill skiing is assumed to ski down something.

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