While reading another thread, a comment was made that carving does not slow a skier down. I would like to offer a dissenting opinion to this statement. I will stipulate to the fact that carving minimizes speed loss, but I began to wonder about how different skiers perceive speed.
Most skiers seem to have only a one dimensional perception of speed, that of how fast are they getting to the bottom of the hill. This was the context of the statement I am referring to.
I view speed in two different dimensions= the A to B descent rate (the top to bottom speed) and the actual velocity at which a skier moves across the snow. (the definition of velocity is that it has both a speed AND a vector/ direction)
For example, if a skier is traversing at 15 mph, the A - B speed might be near 0, as there is minimal descent rate. Yet the velocity of the skier is 15mph. Only when a skier is pointed directly down a slope are the two dimensions the same.
So whereas a skier CARVING turns down a hill may be carrying a greater velocity, the A - B speed may not be as fast as a skier with a slower velocity but just skidding turns down the falline.
I find that by offering this differentiation to my students, they begin to understand what real speed control is about, and how to better deal with speed in difficult situations, such as bumps.
Now I'm curious as to how some of you think about speed....