If you’re in the market for a new set of carving sticks, this video outlining the differences between an off the shelf slalom ski and the ones athletes use in World Cup events could be worthwhile watch before you make a purchase. The main contrast is the stiffness, both lengthwise and torsionally. World Cup skiers need a much stiffer ski because they race at a much higher speed and on firmer snow than you’re average resort ripper who might find the pro models unresponsive and unforgiving under normal conditions. While it might sound badass to own a genuine race model, depending on how hard you charge they could be more burdensome than enjoyable. Happy shopping.

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