Since I couldn't get Rick to chime in, I want to briefly come back to Rise Line. It is the one of if not the most important element of skiing the line. . I really don't thnik this is over the OP's head and not that detailed.
The Rise Line is a conitinuation of the fall line up the hill from the turning poel wjre the fall line is down the hill from the turning pole.
Whether you are on a high line or a low line you must not start your turn until you've reached the rise line. Many race teams train their young racers to identifiy the rise line with a marker placed
above each gate.
So, to help you ski a better line you must imagine and identify the rise line above the gate and have the discipline to begin your turn at the moment you inersect it.
I find most less experienced racers (I am one of them) tend too go to straight and get drawn too direct to the gate, this is generally caused by impatience and not waiting for the rise line. It also
causes you to get very late and scrub speed instead of gaining speed to the next gate. You become defensive in the course instead of offensive.
You want to finish your turn around the gate and even better is skiing a bit from behind and finisihing just under the gate.
One other pointer that helped me quite a bit is that you need to be looking farther ahead! It is crucial. The gate after the gate you are skiing to is extremely important. The more that 2nd gate is
offset, the more you must point your tips away from the direction of the gate you are currently skiing to.
My other easily said but difficult to do advice ties in with this thought; ski thorugh the gate not to it! This also goes hand in hand with extending your vision down the course farther!
DISCLAIMER!: ALL OF THE ABOVE IS EASIER SAId THEN DONE!
Edited by Atomicman - 5/14/11 at 8:12pm