Originally Posted by BigE
Here's a paper describing a machine that will test the "quality" of the ski. It's rather heavy sledding. The executive summary is that stability is the most important factor.
It also states something that was raised in a thread long-ago: control of speed in carved turns is by ski to snow friction.
Perhaps one day, we'll be able to do away with any sort of human testing, and just stick the ski in a machine for an evaluation?