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The creation of a pair of skis | FIS Alpine

The creation of a pair of skis | FIS Alpine

This workshop is only dedicated for the racing skis, and the prototype skis. In the part that we see here it’s only the preparation, as you can see we have the different component of the skis, we can see the base here, you can also have, here the cosmetics of the skis. So all these different components, will be in the skis. So we have different thicknesses of metal plates, different types of metal plates, and of course different cycles depending on the reference of the skis. So we can manage the stiffness of the ski with the woodcore, depending on the thickness of the woodcore, or we can also change the type of fiber and type of wood in the woodcore. Put more or less aluminium. Which makes the skis softer or stiffer. So depending on the discipline, we’re going to change the type of wood. OK now we start to mold a downhill ski. So you can see that she placed the base. So we have here the different components, and she placed now the edges, you see. It’s all handmade. So right now we will, let’s say “cook the skis”, for about 15 minutes. And then cool down. Then the skis will be ready to come out from the press, and to be finished. You can see here a pair of skis that just came out of the press. So you can see there is still a lot of work on it. So if one racer is asking for a wider ski in the front, then we have to rebuild a new mold, even for one millimeter we would have to rebuild a new mold. So it’s a lot of work sometimes. It’s actually not the job from the athlete to say: I would like to have a ski which is wider in the front, or stiffer. The job of the athlete is to give us his feedback. We take the feedback from our athletes, and with their sensations’ feedback we then make sure to get a better ski performance. To make sure that our products will perform at their best. OK this is the first step after the molding process. The skis go through this big machine, which is a sand band machine. It’s going to be grinded very roughly, to make the base clean and flat. And then we’ll go smoother and smoother, on different following machines. So you can see here, on this machine, it’s the edges preparation, so we make the base level. And also the angle on the side wall. Depending on the discipline, if it’s Downhill, Super-G, GS or Slalom we have a different angle on the side wall, and also a different base level. So for each discipline and for each gender, men or female, we can adapt the preparation. So the grinding is made to have a better gliding on snow. You can compare that more or less to the tires on the car. If there is some water between the snow and the skis, it has to have a small grind in between, to evacuate the excess of water. If there is too much water and no way to evacuate the water, then it makes kind of a vacuum process and the skis stick to the snow. Improving the ski is a constant workflow. We are out there on the field to listen to the athletes, to bring skis to the athletes, to listen to them, what they need, what they feel, in order to improve the skis. All these informations come back here to the factory in order to improve, and to go together with the feeling of the athletes.

3 thoughts on “The creation of a pair of skis | FIS Alpine”

  1. cool video. Interesting that the race skies are manufactured in separate location in the factory. Curious to find what wood they use for making the skies and whether they use different wood for different type of skies, ie comparing GS to ski jumping skies.

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