The true Race skis are in more configurations than you'd think. At Lake Louise I had the chance to spend time with the boot and ski guys, and Rudi Huber, the man who runs the whole global race department for Atomic. As of now, there are 62 moulds for GS skis alone. After testing on the WC, these shapes are analysed and then used to make race product for the masses of racers. The Women's skis you see still make use of Powerchannel construction, but the reason they have a very shallow cleavage is because they are overall thinner to help make them softer. I had a chance to visit the race rooms for both the Austrian and Canadian teams. The shortest race GS ski was 190cm, with most still 193cm w/ 29m turn radius. Various types of profiles were seen, with some true Beta and some more squared.