That's just silly. You claim there are two ways to slow down and if I'm reading you correctly, turning is your preferred method.
Nope, Telerod. Turning has nothing to do with it. If you are "offensive," using gravity and direction to control speed while trying to minimize "friction" (ie
., going as fast as you can in whatever direction you happen to be going at any moment), it doesn't make any difference whether you are turning or not. Yes, sometimes you will need to make a turn in order to go uphill (or less downhill), but not always. In any case, as far as "speed control from direction" is concerned, it doesn't matter whether you're turning to go uphill or going straight to go uphill--it's the going uphill that makes the difference, not the "turning."
To take this a step further, consider that if you think of turning to control speed (that is, to slow down), then when would you expect that little voice that tells you it's time to make a turn to speak up? I guess the answer should be obvious enough that I need not spell it out here.
The typical skier pushes off from a stop, starts picking up speed, a little faster, faster still...it's starting to get fun now...exciting..."OK" the little voice starts to speak--"that's fast enough now--TURN!"
Anyone reading here, think about it--does that not describe you? Perhaps not, but it describes almost everyone else on the hill.
"OK, that's fast enough now--TURN!"
But what happens to speed when you initiate a "good" offensive turn--when you release your edges, let go of the mountain, and let or guide your ski tips straight down the hill, and so on? You gain speed, of course. But you know how to use your skis as brakes too--everyone does, from beginner to expert.
So why on earth would you make an offensive turn when your intent is to slow down, and that turn will speed you up, and you know how to brake instead? You wouldn't. Neither would I. You (and I, and Lindsey Vonn, and Bode Miller) would brake with that intent, and we do.
You HAVE TO want to go faster to start a good turn down the hill--because that's what will happen. Any other intent than that dictates different techniques. You may "want" to make great offensive, gliding, slicing, carving turns like the experts do, but if your intent is not the same as theirs, it is not going to happen--no matter how skillful you may be, no matter how aggressive you may be, and no matter how much you may feel like you're "attacking" the mountain.
I'm not saying you "should" want to go faster all the time. I'm not stating an opinion. It's simply the natural, logical, observable, undeniable (when you get it) fact that intent dictates technique. If you want the techniques of offensive turns, you must be in an offensive state of mind. Not everyone wants to make those kinds of turns, and no one wants to make them all the time (even if they wish they could). If you don't care whether your turns are any good or not, then it does not matter. But a lot people here at EpicSki and elsewhere do want to make better turns. Just remember--the cause-effect link is absolute. Intent dictates technique. Fail to "get" this--subconsciously or consciously--and your turns will never get to where you want them. Get it, and your skiing will hyperspace to an exciting new dimension.
Every time this topic comes up, a chorus of dissenters always tries to over-analyze it, declare it "just semantics," argue about the techniques of braking or the physics of friction and so on (which, as Bud has repeated several times, is entirely not the point), or miss the critical distinction between offensive/defensive and aggressive/timid. (Here's a hint for that one: Ingemar Stenmark described the mindset of racing at the highest level as "tranquil aggression," and Phil and Steve Mahre's most common critique of advanced skiers in the Mahre Training Center was "too aggressive" or "too harsh".... )
It is so ridiculously simple that most skiers never see it--especially if they try to, or try to "understand" it or over-analyze it. When it comes, it may appear (as Weems has put it) as a "blinding flash of the obvious." At any skill level, you already know everything you need to know, understand everything you need to understand. It is not a new idea, or a new understanding, or a new fact, or something that needs explaining, or a skiing tip. If you know that going uphill will slow you down, then there is nothing else you need to learn. Unless someone wants to refute that fact, there is no need for any explanation.
It is not a radically different idea, but a radically different way of thinking
about what you already know.
It is, as psychologists I've skied with have excitedly observed, a true paradigm shift.
If you want it, you have to let it come to you. Don't think about it too much--it's simple. Toss it around in your mind. Take a few deep breaths. Catch yourself in offensive moments (when you're trying to control direction, not speed) and notice how your body moves. (For example, next time you're pushing and skating and zigging and zagging your way through the flats in a crowded base area trying to get to the lift, pay attention to your movements. Are they any different, fundamentally, from the movements and ski performance of your ski turns on the hill? Odds are, they are....)
If you are not familiar with the idea of a "paradigm shift," I encourage you to Google it or look it up in your favorite psychology text. If "paradigm shift" is too much of a cliche and over-used buzzword for you, try "gestalt shift." In short, it's not about technique, or friction, or direction, or aggressiveness, or physics. It's about whether you see a rabbit or a duck.