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Black Diamond
16th November 2022 • Ski You Later • Hopewell Valley Student Publications Network
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Ski ya later: Black Diamond

You are listening to ski ya later with your host(s) Liz.

In this episode of ski ya later the Podcast we discuss: different types of ski and what they’re used for.

Segment 1: Different types of skis

All mountain skis

  • all terrain skis. 
  • Most basic
  •  most popular 
  • Medium width 
  • Usually have a rockered tip 
  • directional skis designed to work in a wide range of snow conditions.
  • Work best on groomed snow
  • Dimensions vary depending on the model (usually from 85mm to 105mm)
  • Tips are usually wider, tails smaller 
  • Turn radius between 15mm to 22mm 

Cross Country skis

  • Much narrower and lighter 
  • Specifically designed to travel on flat terrain which is the biggest difference 
  • Two broad categories (classic and skate)
  • Classic are moving with extending one foot in front of the other, as skate with a skating motion 
  • In 2022 fischer was voted best for XC skis 

Race skis

  • Arwent lightweight skis ( the weight of the ski helps to dig into snow when carving) 
  • The are fully cambered skis (don’t float on powder well)
  • Narrow waist 
  • And designed to hold an edge 
  • Stiffer flex pattern to be able to hold turns at a significantly faster speed 
  • Radius is around 12 to 13 mm
  • Pricey 

Powder skis

  • Created to float and be stable in deep powdered snow 
  • This allows the skier to ski on the surface of the snow 
  • Significantly wider 
  • Big tips 
  • Either fully rockered or at least have a rockered tip 

Park skis (twin tips)

  • These skis are made to ski backward and forward 
  • They are created to do well on boxes, rails, jumps and as well as spin well 
  • The tip is identical as the tail 
  • The bindings are set directly in the middle of the ski. Like a helicopter 

Rocker and Camber 

  • Camber is for firm snow, holding an edge
  • A camber concaves the ski in relation to the ground 
  • A rocker is an inverse camber 
  • A rocker helps the ski float, like water skis 
  • It would look convex from the ground 
  • Most skis nowadays incorporate both into the ski 
  • The combo is called rocker camber profile

Camber puts springiness and pop into a ski. It permits easy handling, responsive turning, powerful carving, stability and, due to ample edge contact with the snow, good grip on icy slopes. It remains a popular choice when skiing groomed slopes or on hardpack snow.

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