I'm taking the CSCF-2 in a couple of months and don't really feel confident in racing fundamentals. The CSCF 1 didn't actually teach much about racing - it was more about group safety and fundamental skill development ideas. Can you guys help me out with some race basics?
How do you choose an optimal line? EG if you looked at a bunch of gatest from above, how would you figure out the best places to turn? How do you know when to aggressively turn around a gate, versus when to set up with more consistent turns the length of the course, with the gate being to the skiers side when they're at the fall line?
Is an edged ski faster than a ski riding on the base? (i.e. if you can keep your ski a bit more on edge, is there less drag than if you have more contact between the base and snow surface?)
My impression is that if two skiers took the same line, the fastest skier would be the one who skied it the cleanest. How does "pumping" fit into the picture?
How would you recommend an advanced skier transition from regular skis onto GS skis?
From a coaching perspective, my philosophy is to create a safe environment; share the fun of the sport; and enable participants to come away with some degree of new skill and knowledge. I don't think I'll ever be one of those aggressive coaches who gets worked up into a frenzy during a drill. Does my philosophy fit within the CSCF world?