SKI GLOSSARY: W



Waist
The narrowest part of a ski, generally underfoot.

Walls
The vertical sides to a pipe. These comprise two elements- the 'transition' and the 'vert'.

Wax pocket
The mid-section of stiffer cambered skis. See camber.

Waxable skis
Skis with bases that are waxed for grip and/or glide.

Waxless skis
See non-wax skis.

Wedge
American name for snowplough.

Weight-transfer
The shifting of mass from one ski to the other, an important element of many skiing techniques.

Weighting
The action of a skier's body mass exerting pressure through one or both skis onto the snow. See also unweighting.

Wide Range
waxes Wax systems designed for recreational skiers, with two or three waxes matching a wide range of snow conditions. See also short-range waxes.