There are done lots of testing, and it's obvious that the difference between a poorly prepared ski and a good one is several minutes, particularly in classic skiing, where you basically cannot get up a hill using the normal technique if your skis are bad. This occasionally to pretty much anyone and when it happens there's no way you can win or even get a decent placing. More common however is that you can see a difference in speed when descending, which sometimes can be quite huge. In the 90's and in the early 2000's you could easily see that the Norwegians were mostly gliding past everyone easily on the descents, which shows that they had the best skis.RdBiker said:Btw, I know a good ski can make or break a skiing race but I've never read about any tests on how much time a better ski can win you. Have you ever come across a test done on skis?
Nowadays we're not so far ahead anymore, and particularly in the olympics this year the ski preperation was pretty much awful and Northug probably lost 1-2 gold medals because of it.