RealSkiers: When Race Skis Ruled

RealSkiers: When Race Skis Ruled

Franz Klammer's Olympic gold in Innsbruck didn't just raise Fischer's profile among American skiers, it helped build the entire sport's popularity. (RealSkiers.com)

Last week on Realskiers.com I wrote about the best all-mountain skis made since that terminology became common usage. This week's reverie highlights some of the great race skis that served an earlier generation of skiers as their everyday ride.

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RealSkiers: Incremental Innovation - What To Expect in 2018 And Beyond

RealSkiers: Incremental Innovation - What To Expect in 2018 And Beyond

Over time, incremental innovation results in significant change.(RealSkiers.com)

To appreciate the global trends evinced by the 2018 ski market, one must first comprehend the pressure on major suppliers to renew as much of their product line as resources permit. At a minimum, cosmetics need to change; any model that doesn’t change its stripes, so to speak, risks dealers filling in around carryover, thereby reducing initial orders by 20-30 percent off the bat.

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RealSkiers: So You Want to Test Skis?

RealSkiers: So You Want to Test Skis?

There's a big difference between skiing and ski testing. (Copper Mountain)

Everybody loves to demo new skis. When most skiers try out a new model, they just go skiing and see if they like it. They may lack the vocabulary to describe precisely what they prefer and what they loathe, but they can easily distinguish between being happy and being miserable.

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RealSkiers: On Roundness

RealSkiers: On Roundness

 

Gad Valley, Snowbird. (Realskiers)

In the White World of the mountains, every line is a curve. The innocents who proudly announce that they straight-lined such-and-such a slope fail to observe that every inch of their descent described an arc through space. (Through time as well, but let's not complicate matters any further for now.) Once atop a mountain, the instant you step into gravity's stream you go from standing on a dot to standing on a curve.

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PCSkiGal: Top Picks For Winter Feet

PCSkiGal: Top Picks For Winter Feet

The Oboz Madison is a great pick for both fashion and function. (Oboz)

Winter footwear used to be easy. If you asked any real skier (not bunnies who sit at the Montage sipping hot toddies) what they wore for kicks they'd answer ski boots and Sorels. Ah, the good old days. Now there are so many cute, cool choices you might wind up with the winter version of Imelda Marco's shoe closet.

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RealSkiers: The Mail Bag

RealSkiers: The Mail Bag

Skier Katie Van Riper is all smiles at Snowbird. (Matt Crawley/Snowbird/Facebook)

This week, Jackson Hogen shares some Realskiers.com subscriber perspectives he found instructive, on pedicures, gloves and proper ski size selection, with responses appended. 

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RealSkiers: Women's LIB

RealSkiers: Women's LIB

Perry Martin demonstrates that what was old is new again, ripping into Alta on a unisex Big Mountain ski. (Realskiers)

“Lighter is better” (LIB) has been the dominant theme in consumer products over the past several years, so it’s no surprise that ski makers have adopted this mantra as their own.

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RealSkiers: Get A Grip

RealSkiers: Get A Grip

The once simple choice of boot sole has grown complicated. (Realskiers.com)

If you are a lifelong skier, no matter how long that life may currently be, either you or someone you know has taken a nasty spill while crossing a slick parking area in their ski boots. These types of falls tend to be sudden and unmerciful, the landing area of unrelenting density. The injuries range from wounded pride to broken femurs. The broken bits aren’t binding related and we tend not to think of these incidents as skiing-related. Yet they are intrinsic to our sport.

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RealSkiers: Your Next Ski

RealSkiers: Your Next Ski

If you’re like most advanced skiers, you’d like your next pair of skis to do everything well. Even if you aren’t the master of all terrain conditions, your want your skis to be. Much as you’d like to own several pairs of skis, it isn’t going to happen. No need to heed the weather report; you’re grabbing the same pair of sticks no matter what.

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RealSkiers: Measuring Up

RealSkiers: Measuring Up

How can anyone go wrong getting a Bonafide? All that’s left to screw up is the size… (Realskiers.com)

Prospective modern-day ski buyers do assiduous research, checking every online advice purveyor for clues in its reviews that will identify his or her personal best-of-all-possible worlds. They interview friends, instructors and a random coterie of lift-mates they interrogate while riding up on the gondola.

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