Ski racing is about fun. Why do anything if it isn’t fun? With FIS’ move to longer radius skis, and the recent amendment to the USSA equipment matrix to more closely follow FIS regulations, controlling the tip of the ski is more important than ever. These larger radius skis will not turn from the back seat. They simply aren’t designed that way. In order to turn them, you need varying degrees of forward pressure. If an athlete cannot maintain the level of forward pressure required, the skies will simply skid. Skidding is slow, and slow is no fun. Forward Ski is the tool used by so many athletes to consistently remind them where their pressure is. Continued use of the Forward Ski System has proven to create a more consistent platform from which to work.
Here are some links to Ski Racing’s articles regarding USSA’s new rules: