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 Conventional Skiing Wisdoms (CSW's) 

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, other areas

 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.

main CSW contents
prior CSW #13: "Don't wax skis; they would then go too fast"
next CSW #15: "After one ski lesson, I should be able to `ski the mountain'"

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