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The objective of on-snow ski testing is to pinpoint the behavioral matrix of any given ski so skiers can match its performance to their needs and expectations. This process requires a skier as well as a ski, and further requires all data to be filtered by a fallible human interpreter. We doubt there are enough qualified skiers in the US to create a sufficiently massive sample size to allow test results to rise to the
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Alpine Ski Design

Skis have two primary exterior systems—bases and edges—which fulfill two primary functions: Bases are like pressure distribution devices that take the weight of the skier and distribute it over the snow so that they reduce friction and allow the skier to slide smoothly over the snow. Edges are like rudders that cut through the snow in such a way that it changes the hurtling skier’s line of travel.  They’re what make you turn when you’re
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The Wacky World of Women’s Equipment

  [This series of articles was written in the fall of 2015 and reflects the technology available at the time. It will be undated in the fall of 2017 to include the latest developments in the field. – JH]  Back Story Allow us to peel back the veil of time to an epoch 20 years ago.  Fat, powder-specific skis were just finding a following on the fringe of the sport and carving skis, still unknown
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Everybody Wants a Deal

Everybody Wants a Deal . . . . . . So here’s the deal: Instead of using the Internet’s attributes to search for price, you should be using it to search for service. (Think Angie’s List™ for skier services.)  We don’t say this because we’re one-percenters who are beyond haggling over price; far from it.  We make this claim because the minor disparities one may unearth in sale price are far less significant than the
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