All about ski equipment


ski equipment

Ski equipment is one of the most popular subcategories in the sports equipment category. Skiing is the art of descending over snow on skis with fixed-heel bindings and poles. Wider, longer skis tend to glide more easily; shorter, thinner skis are better for more difficult runs and deep snow.

What is the history of ski equipment?

A man skiing in the snow

The first ski pole was used in Northern Europe approximately 2000 years ago. Modern skis were first developed around 600 years ago. According to one source, they were first used as military training exercises for the Scandinavian infantry. The ski troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire were the first organized ski forces and are considered by some to be the birthplace of modern skiing. Ski equipment as we know it today evolved between the First and Second World Wars.

How many people use ski equipment?

A person riding a snowboard down a snow covered slope

The International Ski Federation (FIS) estimated that there were around 55 million skiers and snowboarders worldwide in the 2010-11 winter season. However, the ski and snowboard industry is growing quickly and this number is continuously increasing every year. Just in season 2009/10, more than 52 million people visited ski resorts and this trend is likely to continue for years to come.

What ski equipment exists?

A wide variety of ski equipment exists i-e; Skis (skiing), poles (both rigid and flexible types), Ski boots (skiing), and bindings (skiing) for all manner of skiing. There are also specific devices such as ski wax (skiing), ski helmet (skiing), rescue sleds, and avalanche transceivers.

The types of skis used vary widely: there are “downhill” skis, for racing or rough terrain, “utility” skis for touring, and specialist downhill skis known as powder skis. As a general rule, the wider the ski is, the softer it will be; softer skis are slower but provide more control in soft snow.

What is the size and weight of ski equipment?

The size and weight of each piece of equipment vary depending on the actor’s needs: Basic skis can be as short as 10–13 cm (4-5 inches), while racing skis are often over 120 cm (48 in) long. Ski boots are generally fairly light, but the ski bindings add significant weight to the boot.

How much does ski equipment cost?

Ski equipment is expensive sports gear specially designed for skiing. The price range varies depending on the type of ski equipment. For example, a basic set (skis, boots, and poles) can cost anywhere between $120 to more than $500.

What is the gender distribution in skiing sports?

Skiing is mostly a sport for men; there are fewer women who take part in it on a competitive level. A recent notable exception is Lindsey Vonn who has set the record for most World Cup victories by a woman (and tied with Ingemar Stenmark for most all-time World Cup victories) and won Olympic gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics in the downhill event.

What types of injuries can occur in ski equipment use?

Main injuries in skiing are knee injuries, ankle injuries, and back injuries. Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury in skiing is particularly common when landing incorrectly from a jump or falling and hyperflexion the knee into an awkward position.

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