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Subject: Ski or snowboard: which one glides faster ?

Date: Fri Nov 19 01:05:16 2004
Posted by Fabrice
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City: Fremont State/Province: CA Country: No country entered.
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1100847916.Ph

Assuming equal weight, and no air resistance.
I already found some explanation about the factors involved in
but I wanted more specific information regarding the physic of the gliding, 
and the effect of pressure melting snow or ice.

People on snowboard are usually gliding on one edge (flat is to unstable) but 
people on ski goes faster when their skis are gliding flat. I would assume 
that pressure is greater when gliding on the edge vs gliding flat and so 
produce more melting and faster gliding.

Re: Ski or snowboard: which one glides faster ?

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