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Anatomy of a Ski

We decode a ski’s inner workings—and what it means to you.

Ever wonder what's under that topsheet, or how a ski is actually made? With a few exceptions, most skis are put together using two or three basic construction techniques and incorporating the same basic ingredients. Here's how wood, plastic, foam, steel, and a dose of designer ingenuity come together to get you down the hill reliably.

Basic Construction Types

How We Test Ski Boots

To get the best ski gear, start at the bottom and work up.
(Photo: Kirk Devoll)

The question we get asked the most about boot testing (after, “Can I help you test?”) is: “Why are all the reviews so damn positive?” The answer is simple. We begin the test process with only boots we think are going to perform well.

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