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alpine skierclick to hear

Athlete who practices alpine skiing; alpine skiers often specialize in one or more of four events.
alpine skier ski pole helmet ski groove basket ski boot bottom wrist strap handle ski glove ski suit ski goggles

ski pole click to hear

Metal or composite fiber rod with a handle and a basket; the ski pole is used for maintaining balance and for turning.

helmet click to hear

Rigid piece of equipment that is designed to protect the head; helmets are mandatory for racing.

ski click to hear

Long board with foot bindings that is designed for gliding over a snow-covered surface; it is usually made of wood or composite fibers.

groove click to hear

Indentation along the bottom that improves glide and stability on straightaways.

basket click to hear

Circular piece attached to the bottom of the ski pole; it prevents the pole from sinking too deeply into the snow.

ski boot click to hear

Rigid boot made of plastic or composite materials; the front and back of the ski boot attach to the ski.

bottom click to hear

Carefully polished piece that forms the bottom of the ski; a wax suited to snow conditions is applied to the bottom to obtain the best possible glide.

wrist strap click to hear

Strap that is attached to the handle and worn around the wrist to prevent the skier from losing a pole when sticking it into the ground.

handle click to hear

ski glove click to hear

Covering for the hand and wrist that protects them against the cold and bad weather; padded but flexible, it provides a solid grip on the handle.

ski suit click to hear

Skintight one-piece garment that reduces air resistance; various protective devices can be added, depending on the event.

ski goggles click to hear

Equipment that protects the eyes against the sun and the elements; the filtered lenses optimize depth perception.