Ski Base Structure

What is Structure?

Structure is a pattern ground into the base primarily to repel water.

Ski Base Structure

Stone ground base enlarged.

Types of Structure

There are a large variety of structure patterns available with the latest stone grinders. The two basic categories of grinds are Lineal and Cross Structure. While there are no absolutes the lineal patterns are used only for high speed DH and cross patterns are more common on most race skis.

Lineal Ski Base Structure Pattern

Lineal Pattern

Cross Pattern Ski Base Structure

Cross Pattern

Why is Structure Important?

The structure minimizes the friction between the base and snow and breaks suction in high moisture content snow.

Cold Snow Smooth Ski Base Structure

Cold, crystalline snow calls for smoother structure to minimize friction points.

Wet Snow Coarse Ski Base Structure

Wet snow requires coarser structure to create channels for water to be repelled from the base.