- Base - the bottom surface of the ski that
aids in gliding.
- Camber - the curvature of the ski's base
that helps distribute the skier's weight over the
length of the ski.
- Cord length - the overall length of the
- Dampening - the reduction of ski vibration
- Edge - the metal surface on the ski that
aids in snow holding.
- Flex/Torsion Ratio - the relationship of a
ski's longitudinal flex to its torsional flex.
Softer longitudinal flex and stiffer torsional
flex provide more stability.
- Length - the measurement in centimeters
from the ski's tip to its tail.
- Profile - the outline of the ski when
viewed from the top or bottom.
- Running surface - the total area of the
ski that contacts the snow's surface.
- Side cut - the "hourglass" shape
a ski has as a result of a wide tip and tail and
a narrow waist.
- Swing weight - the rotational mass of the
ski--a lower swing weight allows quicker turn
- Tail - the rearward most part of the ski.
- Tip - The forward most part of the ski.
- Torsional flex - the measured amount in
which the ski flexes along its width or the
amount in which the ski "twists".
- Weight - the physical mass of the ski.