It’s all about friction. Really. Friction from the snow, friction from the air, friction from the surface of the ski or the clothing you wear. The physics of skiing is all about how to overcome drag and resistance and allow a skier to slice his/her way down the mountain. And if Newton’s laws have anything to do with it, a skier who controls friction best has the best chance of winning.
Find out the basics of friction and skiing.
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