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With the introduction of freestyle skiing, skiers were faced with needing the ability to maneuver their skis like never before. Reverse take-offs and other tricks in freestyle skiing were simply impossible using traditional skis. Enter the twin tip ski. Twin tip skis are made with both ends of the ski turned upward. This allows for just the type of agility that was mentioned above.
Once thought of as a fad, twin tip skis are now made by almost every major manufacturer in the ski industry. The turned-up tail allows the skier to use less pressure to release from turns, land safely after twisting jumps, and many other necessary movements. With traditional skis, such freestyling was simply impossible.
When it comes to the footings and bindings on twin tip skis, you will find that they are typically closer to the center of the ski. This allows for maintaining a center of gravity on the ski when skiing backwards or ‘switching'. Young skiers love twin tip skis for just this type of ability. If you want to give twin tip skis a try, be prepared for a little different ride and a whole lot more fun.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|