FAQ


What is raxing ?

Raxing means skiing on brand-new downhill and freeride-skis. The Austrian RaxAlpe was the birth place of “raxing”.

When I lean back on RaxSki I will probably fall backwards as the ski tail is so short ?

Yes you will provided that you are not driving fast enough.The speed generates the necessary frictional force at rear fins that will save your bottom.

The faster you are the safer. Tilting your body backwards raises ski tips and presses rear fins and their carrier in the snow. This will boost the friction and brake the skis. Skier’s body is now faster than skis and that is why it will be lifted up again. In most cases you will notice this process just as a light pending around the central position. This miracle has of course some limits, they depend on the form of fins, the steepness of their carrier, the art of snow surface and the driving speed.

What happens when rear fins hit submerged stones or roots ?

Nothing. RaxSki fins are not hooks, their edges are stream-lined. Such hindrance just lifts the fins and the whole bracket and presses the ski tip in the snow. The skier is still standing and wondering what has just happened.

Would longer RaxSki fins bring even better tracking?

Yes they would but you could hardly turn the skis then. We determined the optimal form and length of the fins in extensive tests.

Can I ride conventional skis on their tails to achieve easy turning ?

Yes, of course. But the rear section of ski behind your boot is lacking those guiding skids of the RaxSki to track well in any terrain. That was the famous weak point of snowblades and other short skis: their short edges were wobbling rather than tracking on bumpy slopes.

The riding on the ski tail reminds me of Firngleiter („Figl“)?

Well observed, but Firngleiter got neither fins for better tracking nor diagonal bracket to prevent you from falling back.

Why is the radically shaped carving edge so dangerous for knee ligaments?

Yeah, damaged trails with soft bumps have already caused scores of ligament ruptures. Most victims are women having skied new radical shaped skis. Mostly experienced skiers.

This is what has recently happened Niki Hosp and other world`s best down-hillers. “Ligament rupture on the flight, without fall” is the hit of today’s racing. The leading Austrian downhill manager Mandl demands on Dec 19,2009: “Cut-out edges must disappear!”

But RaxSki also got shaped edges!

Well, besides edges, RaxSki also got rear fins to overcome failures caused by edges. The rear fins offers no handle to get skewed by bumpy terrain, provided that skier has raised ski tips and is riding on rear edges and fins. The position of fins behind the ski boot (skier’s weight projects here on ski) makes skis automatically stabilize in the driving direction and therefore parallel to each other.

The frequency of falls and injuries has been minimized by this feature of “self-stabilization”. Therefore are RaxSkis safer than other skis, even for beginners and casual skiers.

Why had no one invented RaxSki already 20 or 50 years ago?

Ask me an easier question! Both the RaxSki and the new ski technique utilize a niche in the physics of skiing which remained undiscovered as it was useless (or even harmful) for the ski-establishment.

Is the whole RaxSki just a marketing gag of some ski factories?

Why should they risk that? RaxSki is an explosive toy. We are a little start-up company developing the RaxSki models together with our community and a lot of personal commitment.