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Ski Core Materials

Posted by Jeff White on Thursday, October 25, 2012

There is one main source for all ski making machines!

Almost all factories have one source for their machines to make skis. There are several makers of ski parts. One man sells everyone P-TEX , thats the base, ski cores come from very few factories and suppy nearly all the manufacturers.. Nearly all skis are very similar- there are basically 5 cores on all skis. Most all companies have the plastics machines to make the kids or ladies skis or they hire them out. They are usually lighter and softer. Most have made the foam injeection skis now. One process made core. They have been working on this for years, once they get a successful process they don’t change what works well. the tops and writeups change often... The wood core is the largest selling ski in the history of the ski business and there is one main source for this core. ONE COMPANY accidentally made this core in the early seventies. They have refused to change it for all these years. The main supplier for everyone is one factory, then, they take this core to their factory and finish it off. One company admitted they made 27 different models from the one blank... changing only the art work and writeups.

There are 5 cores for skis: Plastic, Foam, Wood and Wood with Titanium, composite cores with the computer chip.

Plastic Core Skis:

Plastic core are the lightest skis in the world. They are great for kids, beginners, ladies, older folks, over 45- light weight men, also enjoy these, the legs are not as tired at the end of the day. They work great in the powder, packed slopes but they will chatter on ice OR WHEN PUSHED. 

Foam Core Skis:

Foam core have become FAMOUS with the "xscream" core or similar. hi density , this has become the the widest ranged variety skiing ski on the market. It works fine for beginners, intermediates and even the most advanced skiers that are cruising and pushing fairly hard. It also works really well in powder. Pleasant, easy turning and all around enjoyable. At times the foam cores ski better than the wood cores.

Wood Core Skis:

Wood core have been the standard in the industry for the best all mountain skis. They do everything!well, It generally has been the most liked ski. Most rental skis are this core. Most companies take a better wood ski, change the top and put it into rental because it holds up REALLY WELL and still skis well. Wood cores also work good in powder, BUT YOU HAVE TO PULL BACK AS YOU ARE DOING POWDER! IT IS THE NUMBER ONE SELLING CORE IN THE HISTORY OF THE SKI BUSINESS!works well on ice too. 

Wood Core Titanium:

Wood core titanium is the wood ski with specialty metal on the top. This is the pusher ski. It needs to be skied or pushed to turn on and also to get its best performance. This ski core is great on ice! Pushing and aggressive skiing seem to be increased by this technology. Also the bigger guys, this works well for them... 

Composite Core with Computer Chip:

Head bought the science of the chip fiber optics. Chip electricity created as you ski.. 4-7 flexes in the same ski or snowboard. When going slow they are soft—great for powder. Hit the hard pack and it becomes stiffer working better for you. 

Lots of fun is to be had on skis, snowboards , blades, cross country. Enjoy the sports and the great outdoors!

SkiTrucks.com thanks you for your continued support since 1969. We appreciate your business and all the 3rd generation "Ski Truckers" who did buy from us out of the truck and continue to bring their friends and families. A big thank you again and again! We have the greatest customers on the planet and they continue to buy from us again and again. 

Thank you great people!  FOR 45 YEARS OF FUN TOGETHER..... THANKS

About the Author
Jeff White - Owner Jeff White
Jeff White founded Ski Trucks back in 1969 when he started selling out of his apartment while going to school at BYU. He sold skis out of the back of a '56 Chevy pickup truck in an open parking lot traveling from town to town, sometimes following the snow. The business has grown extensively since 1969, and now he has one 24,000 sq ft shop located just west of the Utah State Fairpark at 1260 W. North Temple near Salt Lake City International Airport.

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