A ski is something worn to glide easily over the snow. But, to enable snow-traveling in different conditions, skis are not the only equipment needed to do so. Different types of skis are also used for different types of skiing. Skiers participating in Freestyle Skiing events will use different types of equipment than those skiers only skiing for fun.
A ski is, now, in modern times, a narrow strip of material that is semi-rigid to enable gliding over snow. A ski is substantially longer than it is wide, and it’s mostly worn in pairs. Skis have to be attached to ski boots with bindings.
Asymmetrical skis were also used in some parts of Finland, where the longer one was used for gliding and the shorter for kicking and keeping the momentum. Single long skis were also used to hunt seals. The single, long ski was useful in moving through packed ice.
Modern Skis and Equipment
Different skis are constructed for different types of skiing and may contain different types of building materials.
Alpine skis are designed specifically for ski resort skiing. Different specifications are also used for certain uses, for instance, twin-tip skis for Freestyle Skiing, Slalom skis, powder skis, and still more.
Backcountry skiing is any form of skiing that is done outside of the boundaries laid out at resorts. The skis used for this type of skiing is Alpine touring skis and enables the possibility to ski uphill when needed.
Nordic skis do not rely on ski lifts to get up hills and tend to be lighter in weight. Different styles are available depending on the type of skiing to be done.
Other Ski Equipment
Equipment like goggles is worn to protect the eyes against the glare of the sun on the snow. Ski helmets, to protect against possible falls are also standard equipment for skiers. Ski poles aid to keeping your balance and rhythm while moving and executing turns.