Originally Posted by SkierXMan
Silly question but I was reading reviews of the past years skis and noticed a couple of reviewers use descriptions such as:
"Great performance but has a definitive speed limit of 25mph etc etc.."
I assume this is a metaphor for becoming uncontrolable after a certain speed is reached? I would assume a ski pointed downhill will keep accelerating and the friction and resistance on snow wouldn't be enough to have a terminal speed.
Since I'm one that uses this phrase in my reviews, I can at least tell you what I mean...
When I am out working through a bunch of skis on a demo day, I run each pair through a specific series of maneuvers on as wide a variety of terrain as I can find on a given day. One of the components of the test is to get the skis going as fast as I can comfortably do--and then a little faster.
Sometimes, my comfort level is well above what I can do on a given ski because it begins to have a "life of it's own" as a result of its interaction with the snow and slope at speed. More and more, however, skis will go above what any typical recreational skier can reasonably ski.
When I say that a ski "doesn't have a speed limit that I could find", it typically means that it will go at least 45mph on early season (man-made) Rocky Mountain hardpack while on edge. This year, I'm going to try to find straight-run limits as well, for those who have an interest in it. These will be much lower for most shaped skis, but will be an interesting differential between skis, I suspect.