Originally Posted by Sh4d0w
Originally Posted by Tog
Quoting speeds from gps.......
Try this: Go find someone from racing who skis downhill and or super g and has been radar clocked or timed for speed. Probably will be college age plus. Tell them you hit 65mph according to your gps/phone app on twin tips wearing jacket and ski pants. See what they say.
Then after the response, add that it was on a 40 deg day, on a shallow midwest groomer. That will make their day.
I was in a t-shirt, not a jacket, not quite as much wind resistance. And considering they hit 95 on downhill courses... 65 really isn't that fast.
Before someone else says it, But people skiing those down hill race courses have to go around corners and make the gates, they can't just ski as straight as possible in a tuck and follow the fall line; that's why they go so fast and you are so slow!
I hit 60 on radar at an official citizen's race in a PARKA and loose fitting jeans and I stood straight up in the steepest part of the course using the air braking effect to slow me down to a speed where I could avoid the obstacle in my way, because some (expletive deleted) stepped into the course to see if anyone was still coming down; I was a last minute insertion into the list on the suggestion of the ski instructor who I had a lesson with earlier in the day. I'm guessing I lost about 20 mph by doing that.
Someone "from racing" would say whatever they could to discourage that type of behaviour; only bonafide dues paying racers who have put in the years of standing in line with frozen toes waiting their turn, and hard practice should be allowed to ski fast; it's just not fair! They would lie and say it's not possible to remove the allure. They would warn you about the dangers. They would call you irresponsible.
I say, so long as you are not going to hit anyone else, no matter what they do (it is easy to overestimate your ability to stop and turn), and you are willing to pay the piper if you end up in the trees, go ahead and call the tune.
Edited to add: Jeesh, and it's not even Summer!