Understanding the anatomy of a ski can aid you in deciding on the kind of skis suitable to your needs. It is also advantageous to understand the functions of the various ski parts because it helps you make more effective use of your skis.
The bottom of the skis that come in contact with the surface. The base is anemographic so that it can hold wax. It is important that your skis are waxed daily so turns can be made more easily and to prevent premature wear on the plastic base, especially on artificial snow.
The amount of space between the center of the ski base and flat surface beneath the ski when it is resting on the tip and tail. The camber effects the responsiveness and liveliness of the ski and effects stability of the ski by spreading weight across the ski from tip to tail.
The metal edge on the sides of the ski. Holding an edge is important in turns to ensure that you maintain a grip and your skis don’t slip. Ski edges are available in a variety of Rockwell hardness. Some brands have harder edges than others which allows them to stay sharper on artificial snow. Edges can be filed to different angled base and side edge bevels. The base and side edge bevel can influence the performance characteristics of the ski.
The measurement of how deeply or shallowly the ski’s cut is from the nose of the ski to the waist. The smaller the sidecut radius, the tighter you will be able to turn.