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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

Unfair Advantage: Gear of the Year 2003

Gear

For our Buyer's Guide, we put more than 300 skis and boots to the test. These five cutting-edge products outshine them all.

Head Skis 2001-02

Gear

For 2001, Head's mantra continues to be: "Help all skiers have more fun with less effort." Head's biggest coup of late was to add superstar Jonny Moseley to its athlete roster last spring.

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