Shape Skis For All Snow Terrain
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- By Brad Nelson
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Let's talk about skis and what's new
If you've been a skier for the last decade or so you get the fact that skis shapes have changed. We have shaped skis, we originally called them parabolic skis, but now shape is the general term. In the Midwest we have skis that have wider waist or narrower waist. underneath the foot and skis that have side cuts or turn radiuses that are relatively small 10, 11, 12, 13 meter turn radius --is those are skis that when you put them up onto an edge they want to go into the turn they kind of make the turn for you
The industry has developed wider skis for western ski conditions
Originally those skis were designed with big fat wide turn radiuses of say twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four meters. They were great skis to ski on the backside of the mountain. But when you got them on the front side of the mountain, they were not as turney as we would like. In the last year or two there's been an evolution in these wide skis. We now have skis that are a hundred to a hundred and six millimeters wide that have turn radiuses in the 15, 16, 17 meter range. We're getting very close to a one quiver ski. A ski that you can use at Wild Mountain and Afton and it's a ski you can use at Vail or Whitefish, Montana.