The term «race carver» is generally used for carving skis suitable for racing, i.e. for high speeds. A further distinction is made among these race carvers between race carvers SL, that is to say slalom carvers, and actual race carvers, frequently designated with the suffix GS (giant slalom). The latter also include the race carvers super-G and race carvers downhill. One thing that all race carvers have in common is that they are ideal for competitive skiing on slopes and in ski-racing. Consequently these carving skis only display their intrinsic characteristic (the feeling that the ski is running on the edge of its own accord) at high speeds and demand great skill, but offer exceptional smoothness in return. The radii range from around 30 metres for downhill race carvers to less than 10 metres for slalom carvers.
Race carver GS: Body height +/– 5 cm
Race carver SL: Body height – 15 to 20 cm
As the name suggests, allround carvers are multi-purpose skis that are less demanding in terms of skiing ability and more forgiving of technical mistakes than race carvers. The radii lie in the intermediate range. Allround carvers are ideally suited to recreational skiers.
Body height – 10 to 15 cm
So-called all-mountain carvers largely combine the characteristics of the above-mentioned carving skis. They are a little wider than race carvers and suitable for skiing on and off-piste or in heavy, slushy snow. There are all-mountain carvers for beginners as well as for skiers with sporting ambitions.
Body height +/– 5 cm
Junior carvers are also very short as well as narrower than fun carvers and intended for the younger age group, that is to say for more light-weight skiers.
Body height – 10 cm (chin/nose)
Freestyle skis are curved upwards both at the front and at the back. This enables the skier to ski backwards as well. These skis are ideally suited for performing tricks on the slopes and general park skiing.
Body height – 5 to 10 cm
In contrast, the ideal surface for the freerider carving ski is deep snow, away from the groomed slopes. It is recognisable by its above-average width; its waist may be twice that of race carvers. The hallmark of the freerider is a good bearing capacity on loose or soft snow; the radii are in the intermediate range.
Body height + 5 to 10 cm