Originally Posted by mdf
I was on it one day when it was completely flat, after a groom, thaw, freeze cycle. That was interesting. I couldn't hockey stop -- it slowed me down a lot, but I couldn't quite stop. I found the only thing that worked was to point 'em downhill and delicately carve across the hill.
One of my son's friends skidded sideways on his edge (slowly, fortunately) all the way till he reached the ungroomed jumble on the edge of the trail.
I was in Mike Rogan's group at one of the Stowe-ESA events. It had snowed some the night before and Liftline looked pretty sweet, but our group kept skiing other stuff. Every lift ride up, Liftline looked worse and worse until it was pretty much its usual scraped down icy mess. At 2PM Mike Rogan finally decides we should ski Liftline, and it was pretty much like you said -- even stopping was a challenge. We reach the bottom, I breathe a sigh of relief, and Mike says "That SUCKED! Lets do it again!".
We wound up skiing Liftline four or five times in a row. His point was that if you were skiing "correctly", you really could hold an edge on it, and every time it did get easier.