3. 2. 2015
All You Need to know about Mountain Skis
An all mountain ski is strip of semi-flexible or semi-rigid material that is worn under the foot to glide over mountainous sn ow. They are manufactured longer than wide and sold in pairs. The skis are attached to ski boots with special ski bindings. These are secured with partially or fully lockable heel. To go uphill on slopes, ski skins are attached to the base of the ski. The ski skins have been made of seal fur but nowadays are made up of synthetic materials. These skis were initially intended to travel people while moving on snow. They are now predominantly used in the sport of skiing. The word ski comes from the Old Norse word which means ‘a stick of wood’.
The pronunciation of skis has its history in itself. Before the 1920s, the English pronounced it as “skee”. They spelled it as “ski”. In Italy, it is pronounced as in the Norwegian way i.e. “sci”. The Portuguese, German and Spanish folk adapted the word to their linguistic rules.
The ideal ski
The ideal ski is supposed to be agile and versatile. Take for example the smfnew.com. What a beauty! It offers plenty of power thanks to its titanal laminate material and a wooden core. Despite this, it delivers a smooth and perfect balance. It also provides great control across the entire mountain. The ideal ski has to be quick and precise. It should ideally have a lightened nose composition to make it easier in maneuvering.
The front of the ski should be pointed or rounded. This frontal end is called as the ‘tip’ of the ski. The middle of the ski is called the ‘waist’. Lastly, the rear is called the ‘tail’. Skis are comprised of 4 parameters that form the basis of their performance – Length, Width, Camber and Side cut. Skis differ from each other via shock absorption or providing more float. Skis have evolved quite a lot since being made from wood using materials such as carbon Kevlar which make modern skis more stiff, lighter and durable.
Experienced skiers want great versatility when choosing the right mountain ski. They need the ski to carve nicely on hard snow. Mountain skis should withstand everything that the mountain throws at it. Intermediate skiers have great control and hence need the skis to be able to challenge any terrain and also be comfortable at moderate speeds. More advanced skiers are more experienced while skiing so they already possess good technique. For a skier, the ski is the equivalent of a sports car. The ski has to be light enough to travel uphill but also high performing for solid downhill turns. Skiers need something that has a slight tip rocker and a wooden core made either from ash and silver fir. Colorful fiberglass helps reduce weight and thereby minimize vibrations. The pricing also matters to skiers, especially those who go skiing only for recreation and would love a ski that is durable and long lasting.