Originally Posted by DavidKramar
Can anyone provide some insight on the trick to tight SL turns on steeps?
I can perform good strong SL turns down moderate to moderately steep grades but I loose the ability carve linked turns on truly steep runs. I've only recently learned about timing my release (shifting weight forward to back through out the turn and allowing my ski to explode down the hill into the next turn.)
Is there a key moment of energy release? I just feel like I carve two or three turns and I'm passed the max speed of the ski. I can skid the turns well and keep my speed up but I'd really like to push the carves down the face. Sorry - no video at the moment but I'll try to get some.
Skis: '09 Fisher SL WC Hole 165
Boots: Head Raptor 130 (tight fit :) )
I also own Fischer SL RC4 WC Holes in 165, 2010 version though (not sure if there is a difference?). In terms of steepness, what sort of gradient do you consider steep? On stuff about 35-45 degrees I generally widen my stance and get the edges to bite right in, make a cross between a GS turn and an SL turn (because I like to go fast). To slow it down you can make if shorter radius turns. I have not found a max speed to my skis yet and I'm 6'4 215lbs skiing my 165's, so maybe you're having an issue with balance over the skis. Get as much weight over the downhill ski as possible, or alternatively you can stand a little taller than usual and start smearing turns with less edge (a more classic style of skiing, many older expert skiers employ similar technique!).
If steep than 45 degrees, then base turn size on how comfortable you are at speed. Remember SL skis are a little wider at the tip than GS skis so you shouldn't have a lot of trouble through light crud at speed.
Hope my post helps, even if only in some small way!