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Skis - Parts and Features

Postby myfreestyle_08 » Tue Jun 10, 2008 10:09 pm

Base
This is the bottom side of the Ski, the part of the Ski that touches the Snow Ski Surface. Traditionally, Skis were made of wood. Although wood is still used sometimes, most Skis nowadays are made from aluminum or fiberglass.

Camber
This is the amount of space beneath the center of a Ski when it lays on a flat surface and its weight rests on the Tip and Tail. The responsiveness and liveliness of a skier is related to the Camber.

Contact Points
These are the points at which the Skis are put into contact with the Snow with out the pressure of the rider being displaced on the Ski. The Contact Points can be found by placing the board on a smooth, flat surface then slide a piece of paper under the center of the Skis, slide it toward the Nose or Tail until it stops.

Edge
This refers to the metal edge on the sides of the Skis. For sharp Edges, make sure you maintain grip in turns and that the Skis do not slip. Holding an Edge is important in turns.

Effective Edge
This is the length of metal edge on the Skis which touches the Snow. It is the effective part which is used to make a turn. The Effective Edge is in contact with the Snow when the Ski is in a carved turn. A longer Effective Edge makes for a more stable, controlled ride. On the other hand, a shorter Effective Edge makes a looser, easier turning Ski.

Tip/Nose
This refers to the front end of the Ski. The Tip is always pointed upwards to make sure that the front of your Skis does not grip the Snow and dig itself in.

Shovel
This is the widest part of the Ski found at the front.

Overall Length
This is measured from the Tip of the Ski to the Tail. This is usually referred measured in centimeters (cm).

Sidecut Radius
This is the measurement of how deep or shallow the Ski's cut is from the nose of the Ski to the waist (or middle of the Ski). The smaller the Sidecut Radius, the tighter you will be able to turn. A Ski with a larger Sidecut will make big arching turns. It is the radius of a circle that makes the hourglass shape of the Skis and thus how it is defined and measured. It works in conjunction with the running length of the Skis.

Tail
This refers to the rear end of the Ski opposite the nose or tip.

Top/Deck
The top of the Ski is where the Bindings are mounted and where the skier stands. Most Skis have mounting holes in the Deck where the bindings can be screwed into. The holes enable you to connect your bindings to your board in different angles and stances.

Waist
This is the narrowest point of the Ski. This is usually the middle of the Sidecut.



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Postby Biffbradford » Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:54 pm

Very informative. :D
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Postby Greggb » Thu Jun 12, 2008 8:13 am

very informative. Made it a sticky
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Postby Biffbradford » Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:34 pm

What about the groove? I don't recall any variations on the groove ... perhaps there's some room for improvement? Any discussion on types of base or core materials? Can we discuss base structure here?

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Postby Cloxxki » Sat Feb 07, 2009 3:51 am

You mean like that brand(s) putting double multiple on their bases for added stability and such?
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Postby Biffbradford » Wed Feb 18, 2009 1:48 pm

How about the "Nordic Hole" ???

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It looks to me that although it saves in weight, if there's any powder on the trail, this ski is going to auger in to the trail like a wood working plane. Good luck in trying to lift it out.

I'm skeptical about this one. :?
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Postby enevala » Wed Feb 18, 2009 2:06 pm

Biffbradford wrote:It looks to me that although it saves in weight, if there's any powder on the trail, this ski is going to auger in to the trail like a wood working plane. Good luck in trying to lift it out.


Marathon sugar would be.......challenging......as well :shock: Maybe not a ski for the average citizen racer.

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Re: Skis - Parts and Features

Postby Ryan3131 » Wed Jul 17, 2013 1:18 am

Does anybody know anything about Visu "action" skis. Found a pair of these and don't know if they are worth anything. They are in great shape. Can't find too much info on line :?:

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Re: Skis - Parts and Features

Postby nxski » Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:59 pm

Ryan3131 wrote:Does anybody know anything about Visu "action" skis. Found a pair of these and don't know if they are worth anything. They are in great shape. Can't find too much info on line :?:


If they're cheap, they would make a good pair of rock skis. :lol:
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