Alpine skiing by Ronald W Kipp

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Stretching can help reduce this feeling by increasing blood flow. Since stretching can also tear muscle fibers, a general warm-up that includes range-of-motion exercise is recommended. The protocol for stretching after skiing will be different than stretching for increased range of motion. The idea with postskiing stretching is to relengthen the muscle, not increase the length of the muscle. With this in mind, go only slightly beyond the initial stopping point and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Stretching deeper will only exacerbate microtears in the muscle.

When the ski is laid flat, these dimensions compose a portion of a circle. The radius of this circle is the sidecut radius of the ski and is commonly given in meters. The smaller the radius, the tighter the turn the ski will make for a given edge angle. The tip width, waist width, and tail width along with the sidecut radius are usually printed somewhere on the ski. 37 38 Alpine Skiing Types of Skis Modern skis differ by where they were designed to be used. This creates unique features that accentuate ski performance in differing terrain and snow conditions.

Carving skis perform best on hard or packed snow. These skis are stiff, so they may carve into the snow. Sidecut is under 70 millimeters, although some manufacturers have carvers up to 74 millimeters. Equipment and Gear A specialized ski built for the hard snow in the racecourse is the race ski. These are the narrowest (63-67 mm) of all skis and are similar to carving skis. The narrow waist is needed to transfer pressure from the skier to the edges. If a skier is racing in USSA (United States Ski and Snowboard Association) or FIS (Fédération Internationale de Ski) races, they must ensure that the skis are within legal limits for width, radius, and length.

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