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If you are a serious downhill ski racer then you know that you need to invest in at least two pair of skis. One pair of skis is for slalom racing while the other pair of skis is for giant slalom racing. Slalom skis tend to be shorter in length and narrower because you need to move your skis quickly. In slalom the gates are fairly close together and you need to be able to maneuver around them with lightning speed. Shorter skis allow quick movement and helps prevent catching your tip on a gate. Giant slalom skis tend to be longer and wider because you have a greater distance between gates. You want as much flat surface area of the bottom of your ski to be in contact with the snow as possible to increase your speed. The size you choose for your slalom and giant slalom skis depends on your height, preference, and skiing ability. Consult with a ski professional to help you out.

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Q: What is the difference between slalom skis and giant slalom skis?
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I am an expert skier and I am looking for racing skis that I can use for both slalom and giant slalom although I can afford only one pair of skis. Do I buy slalom or giant slalom skis?

last year i only could afford one pair of skiis also so i bought a pair of slalom skiis and they worked just fine for both..:)

Which go faster in a slalom skis or snowboards?


What events are there in downhill skiing?

Downhill skiing consists of four main events which include Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super Giant Slalom, and Downhill. The different between these events is the placement of the gates. You also wear different gear and use different length skis for each event. Slalom - This event is when the ski gates are the closest together. Ski racers quickly navigate through the ski course. The ski gates "breakaway" as the ski racer hits them with their shin and/or arm as they ski by them. The reason ski racers hit the ski gates is to try to ski the straightest line possible down the ski slope. The straighter the line, the faster you go and the faster your run time. Ski racers bring the tip of their ski close to the ski gate and sometimes catch their ski tip and spin out. Ski racers were shin, arm, and hand guards plus a protective helmet. Giant Slalom has the gates farther apart then slalom. Ski racers do not hit the gates like they do in slalom. Therefore, they tend to wear less guards. However, a helmet is still required. Super Giant Slalom and the Downhill, in addition to Slalom and Giant Slalom, are usually done in professional ski racing or at Junior Olympic ski races for aspiring professional ski racers. The length of skis varies from year to year. Typically, though, slalom requires a much shorter ski then giant slalom. Super Giant Slalom and the Downhill require longer skis. Ski racers usually wear skin tight "GS" suits in a range of wild colors. I know because I used to compete in downhill ski racing.

What type of skiing uses the longest and widest skis?

In ski racing, downhill skis are the longest, but slalom skis are the widest.

Can use the word slalom in a sentence?

"She slalomed smoothly down the hill on her skis"

What is the difference between skis for jumping and skis for racing?

Skis for jumping are longer and wider for more air resistence, and skis for racing are long and have slick surfaces and have sharp edges for going faster.

What are the difference between long jump skis and regular skis?

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

Are there womens skis and mend skis?

yes there are different skis for men and women the difference is the radius

What is the difference between cross country skis and downhill poles?

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.

When might one need telemark skis?

One would need telemark skis if they are skiing a course that has many turns or if they are interested in performing a lot of carving while skiing. Slalom skiing is another reason one would prefer telemark skis as they allow the user to make more precise turns.

What is the difference between twin tip skis and regular skis?

The twin tip ski is used in trick skiing, where upon the user can take a jump and land backwards, skiing for long periods of time backwards. The single tip skis do not facilitate backwards skiing.

What are Five different types of alpine skis?

If you are talking about brands, Head, Salomon, K2, Rossignol, Nordica. If you mean styles of skis, park and pipe, all mountain, powder, race and performance. The difference between race skis and performance skis is that race skis are made for racing on a race track for a professional, performance skis are made to use on regular runs at fairly high speeds for the advanced to expert recreational skier.

What is the difference between ski and skis?

Ski is the abbreviation of skiing, and skis are the long pieces of carbon fibre (although other materials are used) that you attach to your feet to glide across the snow. In other words, skis are used to go and ski / go skiing.

How does ski wax affect the speed of skis?

Wax to make it simple is slippery, this when placed on the skis reduces the friction between the snow and the skis, (yes there is some friction between skis and snow). The less friction, the faster your skis can glide across the snow, and the faster you go.

What is the difference between cross country skis and downhill skis?

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

What different types of skis do Salomon make bindings for?

Salomon makes ski bindings for oversized skis, driver skis, Z10 and Z12 skis, steel skis, Guardian skis, various variety of STH skis and non-STH skis.

Where is friction when you are skiing?

Between the undersides of the skis and the snow, and between the air and your body.

Difference between men's and women's alpine skis?

Women's skis have the waist and binding farther forward compared to men's skis to compensate for women's lower centers of gravity and added weight in the rear. Because of lower weights and lower centers of gravity, women's skis also tend to be more flexible for proper turning. Women's skis are also more dramatically curvy than men's skis to make the ski turn better. On straight skis, man or woman, the rule is, "as tall as you or slightly shorter if you're a beginner, a foot taller if you're advanced or just really good." Longer skis can be dangerous, so you need to know what you're doing. On modern shaped or parabolic skis, beginner skis are around chin-height while advanced skiers may have skis up to their forehead or as tall as the skier. Shorter skis are good for beginners as they give more control and better turning. Longer skis get more speed.

What is the difference between race skis and downhill skis?

Race skis have a more aggressive side cut and they generally have a wider tip for a sharper turning radius. Also the materials used for racing skis tend to be more expensive. The ski is usually a bit lighter and the materials used, built for high speeds and can take a beating. Down hill would be for a recreational use. For some one who just enjoys skiing rather than lives it.

What are flat skis?

skis sold without bindings are flat skis

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How do skiers reduce friction?

Friction between skis and snow may be reduced by waxing the skis. Air friction is reduced by tucking the body into a streamlined position.

How much are skis?

depends on the skis!

Is the height of the skis the same as the rider?

It depends, if you are a real beginner the skis should be about the height chin to lips but if you are a very very very good racer it can be a few cenimeters taller than you. For the average person skis should be between your nose and eyes.

What size skis should a 5 foot 7 inch woman wear?

Well it depends on what type of skiing you want to be doing. Racing skis, slalom skis, big mountain skis, powder skis all differ in length for the same user because they are all used for different purposes. I'm assuming you are trying to find a pair of skis for casual piste skiing, so I would recommend anything in the 135-150 range in terms of length. Keep in mind that longer skis give you more speed, while shorter ones give you more control. Width, once again depends on what kind of skiing you want to do, but for the average user I would recommend nothing wider than 85-70-100, since those are the lower bounds of big mountain skis and you probably don't need anything on the level of big mountain skis if you'll be staying on groomed runs. I'm sure any ski salesperson at any Sports Chalet or Big 5 will recommend you the right ski for you if you ask.