There are 4 different disciplines of ski racing, which include Downhill, Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G.
- Downhill skis are longer and do not have much side cut. The length gives them better stability, which is necessary at the high speeds achieved.
- Slalom skis are shorter with the most side cut, allowing racers to make the quick turns necessary to make each gate on the course.
- Giant Slalom skis are longer than Slalom skis but with less side cut, resulting in better medium to large radius turns.
- Super G skis are very long and feature less side cut, to go with the long radius turns of the course. The length also offers better stability when reaching high speeds.