American World Cup skiers voiced their displeasure this weekend after the International Ski Federation (FIS) announced controversial new regulations on ski dimensions for the 2012-13 season. The new rules, which call for longer and wider-turning skis, essentially undo two decades of improvements in ski design. Men's GS skis will jump from a 27-meter radius to a 40-meter radius, the longest since the mid '80s. "Wave good bye to the sport’s progression of arcing the cleanest possible turns," Ted Ligety, a 2006 Olympic gold medalist, said on his blog last week. "I finally had the chance to try a prototype of the 40m GS skis. And quite frankly, they suck." FIS announced the changes after its Injury Surveillance System, which since 2005 has evaluated risk factors such as course setting, speed, snow conditions, and equipment, determined shorter, faster-turning skis were to blame for many injuries. The decision has not been finalized, as FIS officials report "the ski industry is requesting a reconsideration of the change...and this matter will be addressed in late August."
Read more at Ski
Support Outside Online
Our mission to inspire readers to get outside has never been more critical. In recent years, Outside Online has reported on groundbreaking research linking time in nature to improved mental and physical health, and we’ve kept you informed about the unprecedented threats to America’s public lands. Our rigorous coverage helps spark important debates about wellness and travel and adventure, and it provides readers an accessible gateway to new outdoor passions. Time outside is essential—and we can help you make the most of it. Making a financial contribution to Outside Online only takes a few minutes and will ensure we can continue supplying the trailblazing, informative journalism that readers like you depend on. We hope you’ll support us. Thank you.