Ski anatomy and construction

Ski anatomy and construction

Ski manufacturers have been finding ways to meet the technical challenges in making Skis, for many years. Ever since many processes have been tried and used; and most of them included lamination and layering of numerous materials. Traditionally, Skis were made of wood, but the shapes of Skis that manufacturers could make out of this material were very limited.

Thank to the aid of new materials and technology, new and improved Skis were produced by the middle of 1990's. Shaped Skis or Carving Skis are specially designed to turn. Because they have the right Ski Stiffness; thank to their precision, flexibility, and versatility in different Snow Conditions. Regarding the shape the Tail and Tip of a Shaped Ski are wider than the Waist of a conventional Ski.

Carving Skis with more shape and narrower waists are designed to stay on firm and smooth surfaces. So in spite of their width, Shaped Skis are lighter and has more agility.

Although wood is still used on making Skis, usually it serves as filler to keep the light weight of the Ski. Being the most common materials used in manufacturing Skis are aluminum and fiberglass. Additionally Kevlar, titanium, carbon, and boron fibers are also used in making Skis. As a rule of thumb for manufacturers, the rarer the material is, the less of it is present, and the more high-priced the Ski is.

Since the invention of carving skis, many things have changed radically. This produced the new skis are taken up to 20cm shorter than traditional 'skinny' skis. Now short is cool and even racing skis are shorter and shapelier.

Usually the core or the heart of the Skis which is wrapped in fiberglass, is often made of wood, although also it can be made of foam or other material. If you prefer a traditional model of Skis that have separate tops and sidewalls, you can still find them at the store, but it have a very high price.

The core, or the heart of the Skis which is wrapped in fiberglass, is often made of wood, but it can likewise be made of foam or other material. Traditional models of Skis have separate tops and sidewalls, and you may still find them commercially at a very high price.

Two Ski manufacturers (Elan and Salomon) introduced the type of Ski with a one-piece cap on the Top as well as on the sides by 1990s. At the present, cap Skis have became very evident. Their design of the one-piece cap of the Ski has been made of fiberglass and it forms the Top and the sides. And the Base of these Skis have made of a polyethylene synthetic with steel edges on the sides.

However the most advantage design in Ski development is probably Monocoque. The upper surface of the Ski in this design provides the stiffness and strength of the Ski by bending down in order to meet the edges.

Finally the shape of Skis, the materials they are made of, and how they are constructed effect greatly to the performance. Ski construction has an effect in determining the strengths and weaknesses of the Skis. For example, if you are Ski beginner, there are Skis available which are designed for beginners, and Skis which are soft-flex designs are suitable in soft Snow. Also you can find Skis for those who are already experts in Skiing, nevertheless of all-terrain Skis made them favorites of recreational Skiers.

It is very important to understanding the anatomy because that way you can make an educated purchase as well as improve your ability to use your ski equipment effectively. Following there are listed parts of the Ski Anatomy:

In the market there are available a lot of types of Skis, for this reason you need to consider a lot of thing before buying the right Skis for you. One of the most important factors is the Ski and its Parts.


Parts of Skis
 Parts of Skis
Here you will obtain descriptions about the parts of skis such as base, camber, edge, tip/nose, shovel, tail, waist.