One of the essentials of Skis that you must take into consideration is the Ski Stiffness. It is the result of the way Skis are constructed. Thus, the Ski Anatomy and Construction affect the Stiffness of the Skis. The structure and the materials used in the inner core and outer shell of the Skis are indicators on whether your Skis are soft-flexing or stiff. Here are some things you should know about Ski Stiffness:
In skiing, there are basically two different types of ski stiffness:
<!--[if !supportLists]-->r <!--[endif]-->The first type of stiffness in skis is called longitudinal stiffness (or, if they lack rigidity, this is called soft flexing stiffness). This type of rigidity in skis is actually determined by the amount of downward pressure a skier can give onto the skis. If your skis are stiff in a longitudinal way, then they will be able to provide a bit more support to your overall body weight. However, if conditions are contrary to this and you have a pair of skis that are “soft flexing”, then the waist of either of your skis could end up touching down on the snow ski surface in between two moguls. Expert heliskiing
<!--[if !supportLists]-->r <!--[endif]-->The other type of stiffness that is taken into account in skis is called torsional stiffness. This type of stiffness actually refers to the amount of resistance that your skis can put up against being twisted. Testing this out is not too difficult to do. Simply grab hold of the tail of one ski using both of your feet and then grasp the tip of the ski with both of your hands. If your ski twists a bit when you try to apply pressure to it, then you have torsionally soft skis but if it does not twist at all, then your skis are torsionally rigid.
Before, stiff Skis offered good stability. However, they were not easy to use compared to soft Skis which were user-friendly, but you couldn't count on the stability at speed. Nowadays, Skis can be made with the advantages of both longitudinally soft Skis and torsionally rigid Skis. Skis can be more forgiving and allows you to bend easily and at the same time, keeps good stability even if you are skiing on harder Snow conditions at higher speed. Extreme heliskiing
As a rule of thumb, the longer the Skis are, the stiffer they will feel to the skier. As discussed in the section of selecting Skis with the right Ski Length, it pays to choose the right pair of Skis with the length suitable to you. Do not use Skis that are too short for you. Since Ski Length affects Ski Stiffness, manufacturers made short Skis that can likewise offer Stiffness. These Skis offer more rigidity than those Skis of the same length. Skis which are both short and rigid involve thicker construction in the middle part of the Skis. This type of Skis are made for firm and smooth Snow.
Stiffness is one of the essentials in Ski design. It is important to get familiar with this element before choosing the Skis for you. A demo technician or salesperson may be able to help you in understanding the importance of having the right Skis with the appropriate Stiffness that will meet your Skiing needs.