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IS A SLIDING SPORT":
by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
CSW #14: "For my height I need skis of a certain length."
There was a time when this statement was gospel, and there is still some truth in it. But there are many factors that give skis their overall characteristics. These include longitudinal and torsional flexibility or stiffness, variations of width along the ski length, bottom camber (separation of skis when placed base to base) or rocker (where skis flare apart when placed base to base), nature of ski tip and tail, type and mounting position of bindings, weight, and of course length. Selecting a pair of skis is also dependent on how one likes to ski and in what conditions of terrain and snow texture.
Thus it has become more important to try out skis before buying. Ski manufacturers sponsor "demo days" in early season for this purpose and some maintain tryout facilities at ski areas. Rental of demo skis is another option, as is just renting skis, in which you can have the best pair for the conditions on any given day.
IS A SLIDING SPORT"--a skiing web manual:
Skiing Web Manual
Contents Why Read
This Skiing Web Manual
That First Skiing Lesson A
Little Skiing History Motion in
CONVENTIONAL SKIING WISDOMS
Fear in Skiing
Conditioning for Skiing Equipment and Technique
to Develop Balance on Skis
A Skiing Turn
Simplified The Final Skiing Skill:
pressure management Tactics for Terrains and Snow
Textures and Racing
Skiing Tips and Tales--a potpourri
Exercises for Developing Skiing Skills
Children and Skiing
Age and Skiing
Gender & Skiing Culture
Skiing Ethics and Survival Slope Safety Skiing
Environment Glossary Acknowledgements
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