1.2.1 Geometric features
184.108.40.206 Ski length
Minimum length (unwound length) for all disciplines:
Ladies: 150 cm
Men: 155 cm
Children I & II: 130 cm
The ski length has to be marked on the ski.
220.127.116.11 Profile width
Minimum width of the running surface at binding without any tolerance:
Downhill Ladies & Men: minimum 40 m
Super G Ladies & Men: minimum 33 m
Giant Slalom Ladies & Men: minimum 21 m
Giant Slalom Children I: minimum 14 m
Giant Slalom Children II: minimum 17 m
Marking on skis compulsory.
At FIS race level, Giant Slalom skis may also be used for Super-G and
Super-G skis may be used for Downhill.
For all FIS related info, go to the FIS site;http://www.fis-ski.com/index.html
For technical rules, go here;http://www.fis-ski.com/rulesandpublications/specificationforcompetitionequipment2 001-2002.pdf
Most manufacturers will generally go as close to the rule limits as possible. However, the maximum and minimum settings are just just that, and if a manufacturer wishes to go in the other direction, they can do so. Atomic's DH, SG, and SL, turn radii are generally very close to the minimum, but GS team skis (which I have and have measured) are 5mm wider under foot, and using formula calculated to be closer to 29m.
The length of the DH and SG skis used depends upon the skier's size and strength and how the course is set. A brutally fast and demanding DH like Kitzbuhel will have the racers on their manufacturer's longest ski (Atomic 218cm), where a more tecnical course like that of the 2002 Olympics will have the racers using 214cm. SG is the same, with skis ranging from 208 to 212. There is not really that much difference in measured length, but at those speeds and at that level, it is huge. Construction is still sandwich wood/glass/metal, since stability and edge hold at speed is most important. How so? Well, if a DH and SG ski is 'fast', top skin cosmetics will be changed as the graphics of the retail (generally based on GS) version changes. A flat smooth surface is easier to re-paint than one with lumps and bumps. Also, the speed discipline skis also suffer much more abuse than technical discipline skis. Delaminations are common, and being able to inject glue into the crack and clamp is easier with the sandwich skis. If the bases don't get damaged, DH and SG skis are used for many seasons, and are sent back to the factory in the off season for repainting and repairing as required. As soon as a ski requires repairs to the extent that a run over machine is required, it is thrown into the waste bin.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ February 15, 2002 04:59 PM: Message edited 1 time, by BetaRacer ]</font>