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FIS and USSA ski rules - minimum widths

post #1 of 5
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I am confused about the ski width requirements for FIS and USSA.

 

If you look at the FIS rules:

 

http://www.fis-ski.com/data/document/equipment-specifications-edition-december-1.pdf

 

this season, GS skis must have a profile width under binding <=65 for World Cup and Europa Cup, but >=65 for NorAm and regular FIS races.  The USSA regs are similar

 

http://alpine.usskiteam.com/sites/default/files/documents/athletics/compservices/2012-13/documents/alp_equipment_24August2012_combined.pdf

 

I thought that the width rules were always minimums. Are these just typos?  Should they all of the binding widths be >=?  If they are not typos, then that's a weird set of rules. If they are typos, then it is a bit disturbing that USSA copied them over without noticing the mistakes.

 

Richr

post #2 of 5

The rule change for GS is only for the 2013 World Cup season. Unless there are some major issues this season, the plan is to move forward for Continental Cups and below for FIS for the 2014 season with USSA to follow. The rules posted should be correct. There will be significantly more discussion in the fall meetings for how the new rule will be implemented.

post #3 of 5

Whether or not the regs trickle down to USSA is questionable. USSA still hasn't changed from 21m GS skis, and the move to 27/23 is a while ago now. The WC/EC skis this year were illegal last year. It doesn't make much sense. While theoretically the plan is to evolve to the new regs, USSA has been slow to force all racers to buy new product.
 

post #4 of 5
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Does this mean that you cannot use the same GS skis at both NorAm races (minimum width 65mm) and at Europa Cup or World Cup races (maximum width 65mm)?

 

Are WC skiers using different skis down in New Zealand right now than what they will be using a month from now at Soelden?

 

Richr

post #5 of 5

Not sure if the "new" skis are "illegal" in races that are non-EC/WC. I somehow doubt it, but who knows, it's FIS.

 

WC guys in NZ were using the 35m skis in the races down there, according to various blogs. However, not all the athletes in the races were, and it led to some career results by guys on 27m skis (Cameron Smith, anyone?)

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