Gals who have a few tricks up their skis are not at all averse to spending a day playing in the park. With the right skis, this is not a pipe dream. Skis that are designed for the park and pipe are called twin-tips. Both the tips and the tails of these skis are turned upwards, allowing the adventurous skier to ski with her back to the mountain.
Twin-tip skis are usually wider at the tip, tail, and underfoot. Most are constructed from softer materials than traditional alpine skis. This cushions the landings from a jump. Some twin-tip skis are designed with a different type of sidecut under the foot. This type of design facilitates rail sliding, otherwise known as "jibbing." In general, twin -tips and park skiing is most popular with the 14-21 set. This is why K2 created the Miss Demeanor, a dynamic park and pipe ski that was created for young female freestylers.
For grown-up gals, Salomon has created the Salomon Temptress. Its special feature is its vibration-absorbing strip of material that is called elastomer. This strip is placed between two strips of thermoplastic in the Temptress' tip and tail. It absorbs the impact of landing, and silences that annoying chatter.
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|Sheri Ann Richerson|