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shape of ski's tail and performance

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I am interested in knowing the advantages and disadvantages of the two shapes of tails I've noticed on skis: flat and turned up. How do these different shapes perform on hard snow (icy) and soft stuff? Are there distinguishable refinements in performance depending on how turned up the tail is?

I've heard that flat tails deliver "power" as one exits the turn, but I don't know what that means. I have seen people with such skis who won't take them into the superpipe, while I go in with my Volkl SS's which have a slightly turned-up tail -- why won't they go? Which shape tail is better for racing, and why?
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Main difference is skiing backwards. They don't go in the pipe because (1) they get bored if they can't go up the wall switch or re-enter pipe switch. (2) grasping for excuses, afraid of 1/2pipe. I'd bet dollars to doughnuts on (2).
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A fat flat tail will hang onto the turn longer and give more 'pop' out of the turn. They tend to require an agressive movement into the next turn. A rounded, narrower, or turned-up tail will release the turn more easily. The turned-up tail allows skiing backward (fakie or switch).
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