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Turned up ski tails.

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What are the adantages of having skis with turned up tails?
I noticed a lot of modern skis have tails that turn up instead of being flat. Does this make the ski easier to turn?
post #2 of 5
The turned up tails make it easier to ski switch. (backwards)
post #3 of 5
easier to sideslip
post #4 of 5
Well, there are skis where the tails are turned up as far as the tips. Those are generally specialty park skis, as they make skiing backwards a lot easier. I've noticed that a lot of big-mountain big-powder skis also have full "twin tips"; whether that offers a real advantage in powder or if it's just so that it's easier to huck off a cliff while skiing backwards : someone else will have to say.

Almost all skis today though have tails that are slightly turned up. I've found that the silghtly turned up tails allow the ski to release from the old turn a little easier, especially on non-groomed trails. Maybe it's my imagination, but the turned up tail seems to "slither" past bumps and other irregularities a little easier then flat-tailed skis.
post #5 of 5
- Skiing backwards
- Taking off jumps backwards
- Landing jumps backwards
- IMO they are much nicer in powder, I can't find the words to easily explain the physics of it, but having a twin tip or a swallow tail will definately be nicer in powder
- At times they will make turn initiation easier (depends on several more factors and conditions)
- Throw up rooster tails full of snow to cover and blind the people skiing behind you (though it should only be done to people you know)

- Less edge hold (tails will wash out when carving at high speeds)
- Overall not as nice for carving, but this has more to do with the other characteristics typically associated with twin tips (Flex, dimensions, etc.)
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