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X Do you have more confidence in a pair of skis after getting to know its idiosyncrasies and limitations? X Do you want to maintain your own skis either by doing the work yourself or taking them to a shop? X Do you want to have control of the tune on your skis? X All mountain skis are designed to be good everywhere but not great at any one place. They are a good choice for the skier who only has one ski. The width will be enough (74-88 mm) for support in powder yet able to seize the snow for carving on the groomers.

The width will be enough (74-88 mm) for support in powder yet able to seize the snow for carving on the groomers. 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.

31 32 Alpine Skiing Stretching After skiing, the muscles can feel tight. 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.

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