Skis are the most crucial part of alpine skiing as they are the essential equipment that is generally long, made up of usually thin pieces of wood, plastic, or metal that you strap to your feet to glide across the snow.
Yes, choosing the right ski with the right design is like adding more value to your life. Usually, ski design depends on various factors such as:
1) Ski Length- Compared to skis based on length, longer skis usually require a more muscular steering effort but add on some stability at speed & float in deep snow rather than the shorter skis, which tend to be more manoeuvrable.
2) Longitudinal Flex- The ski's flexibility from tip to tail. Commonly a softer flexing ski is easier to steer but is often less stable at higher speeds. Moreover, the stiffer skis tend to be more stable at speed and grip the snow better but can be challenging to steer at the lower speeds & require more precision.
3) Waist Width- If the ski is broad, it will have more surface area, which is advantageous for floating well in the deep snow. But if the ski is narrower, it is sharp edge to edge & creates much less torque on your ankles, providing even better grip on harder snow.
4) Sidecut- This refers to the shape cut out of the side of the ski.
5) Camber- When the ski has no weight, the contact points are at the tip & tail, touching the snow, whereas the waist stays suspended in the air. But, once the ski weights it, the camber touches the snow allowing the whole grip.
6) Rocker- This type of bend usually resembles reverse camber, meaning that neither the tip & tail is involved with the snow until and unless it got submerged in deep snow.
7) Shovel- It is the part just below the tip whose primary purpose is to prevent your skin from getting deep into the snow rather than helping you contour the changes in the terrain.
The ski is complex, whether determined externally or internally.
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