No downhill skis are not an instrument, but they still need to be "tuned". Tuning your skis means keeping the edges sharp, the bottoms smooth and free of burrs, and waxing your skis. Basically you are keeping your skis in top shape so that they run faster down the ski slope because the goal in ski racing is to be the fastest. Sharpening the edges - You have sharp metal edges along the sides of your skis. The purpose of these edges is to allow your skis to cut into the snow otherwise known as "carving" a turn. If you didn't have edges you would slide all over the ice and snow and have trouble turning. You use an edge sharpener. Dull edges will cause your skis to slide out, especially on ice so you have to make sure they are sharp. The edges shouldn't cut you, but they should be sharp. Consult your local ski shop for proper technique. They can often do this for you. You should have it done at the beginning of each ski season if you ski every now and then.
Downhill skis should be about 10 cm lower than your body height.
Cross country skis are are much wider, intended to reduce ground pressure. Downhill skis are narrower, to reduced resistance, and intended more for packed snow.
In ski racing, downhill skis are the longest, but slalom skis are the widest.
Yes, skis WILL help you get downhill faster if there is snow. You need to know how steep the hill is to know how fast you will go. If you add some ski wax to the bottom of your skis, you will go extra fast.
if by regular skis you mean downhill skis, then longjump skis are similar, but they are nearly twice as long and twice as wide-- the greater surface area makes the ski jumper accelerate faster, thereby allowing him to travel farther off of the jump
over 100mph at least
Skis are smooth at the bottom, and snow will be soft ( or hard ). That will create less friction between your skis and the snow. If you don't know what friction is, it's the force when something is moving on a surface. Skiing downhill will show you a perfect example of it.
The difference is that a downhill ski is much wider along with the binding, a cross country binding is only connected at the toe of a boot. when a downhill binding is connected at both the heel and the toe. hope this helped
When you store downhill skis over a long period you should put a storage wax on. This is a special wax designed to keep the bases from drying out and cracking. A good place to store your skis would be a place that is cool and has a medium humidity. Too dry will dry out your skis. Dark is also good as bright sunlight can damage the graphics and will make the temperature rise and fall which will also damage your skis.
Because (at least hopefully), when ski jumping you will never and up skiing backwards.
no Yes, but you do not have the same kind of control that you do with downhill skis partly due to the bindings only holding the toe of the cross country boots. The "Telemark" binding gives some better control.
Quite a bit is different. The gear is different, the skis are straight, as opposed to downhill skis being curved (the curve makes it easier to turn on a downhill slope), the boots in cross country are not stationary in the bindings, as downhill boots are, instead you can move the heels, and the poles used in cross country are longer. Also, the slopes are not nearly as steep as in downhill skiing.
I paid €150 for mine on sale (list price was €499).
if you mean schuss - meaning a straight downhill run on skis. A German word literally meaning 'shot' First known use in the 1940's
Not unless you are a ski racer yourself, and were lucky enough to get top of the line equipment. World Cup skiers get the best race skis that their factory makes. They have many different pairs of the same type (downhill skis, for example) that they will test to see which are the fastest. Race skis are highly specialized and differ greatly from demo skis or skis that the public usually buys. You can see this reflected in the price. Race skis typically run $800-$1000 for the skis, not including bindings.
To store downhill skis for long periods of time such as the summer the best way to keep them in good shape is to go to your local ski shop and ask them to put a storage wax on. This is a special wax put on thickly and not scraped off too much designed to keep the bases from drying out and cracking. A good place to store your skis (with the storage wax on, don't store skis without it) would be a place that is cool and has a medium humidity, too dry will dry out your skis. Dark is also good as bright sunlight can damage the graphics and will make the temperature rise and fall which will also damage your skis.
Alpine Touring, also known as Randonnée, is a type of backcountry skiing. Randonnée ski bindings are a cross between standard downhill bindings (toes and heels locked in) and telemark bindings (only toes locked in). With randonnée bindings, the skier can clip down the heel piece when skiing downhill (like downhill bindings) and release it when skating or climbing (like telemark bindings). Special ski boots are used with both telemark and randonnée; though, randonnée boots have rigid soles like standard downhill boots. Also, randonnée bindings can release during falls, but telemark bindings cannot. And a skier need not learn to turn differently on AT skis, as with telemark skis, since the heel can be clipped down. As for the skis themselves, AT skis are typically much wider and heavier than a basic ski-area ski, as they are used more often in deep powder and ungroomed conditions; though, randonnée bindings can be mounted to most skis. All Mountain skis are a mid-width type of ski, such that the skier can handle well in both groomed and ungroomed/powder conditions--the latter not as well as with AT skis.
Well that kind of depends on what you're doing on them. Generally speaking, longer skis are more stable, hence highspeed downhill racers use longer skis. Shorter skis are more manueverable and easier to make tighter turns on. There are other factors such as width, shape, and flex of the ski that play into the equation also.
No, the ski format is used with skins to climb up mountains, not for going downhill. You go downhill in board format. Then back up again in skins with ski format.
I would say that a ski can easily reach 40-50 mph if one's advanced enough and using long skis and going straight down paralel. Demensions? My skis are for moderate skill levels and they are 151 cm, but racing skis can get up to 210 cm. Width depends on the brand. Probably about 4 inches.
Cross countries skis require a different type of boot. These boots only attach to the ski at the toe allowing your heel to move off the ski as you move. On downhill skis your entire boot is attached to the ski. You can read more about the differences here http://skiing.about.com/od/beginning skiers/a/ccdownhill.htm
Skis mean one pair of long slender runners made of wood, plastic or metal used for skiing.
you bend down, don't turn, keep skis straight, and you do better the more weight you have