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Why set a base edge angle?

In this blog we will be looking at why you would want to add a base edge angle, and how to select the correct angle for your skiing.

The amount of base bevel that you use will affect the ease with which your ski or board will initiate a turn particularly if you bevel the tip and tail. Bevelling also lifts more of the edge off the snow, which because the steel edge drags more than the base material leads to a smoother and faster glide. Very importantly a base bevel helps prevent your skis or board catching unexpectedly thus reducing falls and possibility for injury.

Setting the Correct Angle
Below is a list of base bevel angles recommended for skiers and boarders.


Ski
Novice/ Intermediate Skier 0.5 to 1.0 degrees

All Mountain Expert 0.75 to 1.0 degrees

Slalom 0 to 0.5 degrees

GS 0.5 to 0.75 degrees

Super G 0.75 to 1.0 degrees

Skiercross 0.5 to 1.0 degrees

Skier Rails and Park 2.0+ degree

Skier Halfpipe 1.0 to 2.0 degrees (tip/tail); 0 to 1.0 degrees (underfoot)

 

Snowboard 

Beginner 1.0 to 2.0 degrees

Intermediate / All Mountain 1.0 degrees

Spinner/Rails and Park 2.0 + degrees

Halfpipe 1.0 to 2.0 (tip/tail) 0 to 1.0 degrees(underfoot) 

Boardercross 0 to 1.0 degrees

Slalom 0 to 0.5 degrees

GS 1.0 degrees

 

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