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# Its own thread: Gravity, street walking, and skiing

It has been stated in another active thread that this topic needs separate attention.  We move with gravity in a certain way when walking around.  But on skis we deal with it differently.  Gravity gets blended with momentum and the forces associated with it when we go down and around on snow.

Anyone want to discuss?

A little different "A" in the skiing equation. That's all I have to add.

Not sure what you mean, markojp.

F= MA and all algebraic/trigonomic variations thereof. What's your vector victor?

Sorry, don't know the other thread, so this may be out of context?

Walking, skating and skiing share the same pattern: you walk by moving your body forward, getting out of balance and the feet catch up and get pressured where they "meet" and support the body again. Skiing is similar: move your body forward and the feet catch up (on a different trajectoy).

The big difference really is that gravity helps your skis move down the slope while for both walking and skating, it's you pushing off that's required to keep moving. This allows more options when skiing, like "flex to release".

Yea^^^^. I don't get it, what really is the topic...

I like gravity though; I am huge fan of it  in both its intellectual and practical applications.

We are bipeds.  As my old Montana patrol buddy the K-rod used to say, "you stand on the right and then stand on the left, how hard can it be."

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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet

It has been stated in another active thread that this topic needs separate attention.  We move with gravity in a certain way when walking around.  But on skis we deal with it differently.  Gravity gets blended with momentum and the forces associated with it when we go down and around on snow.

Anyone want to discuss?

You need to compare apples to apples. Walking around and skiing downhill are not the same thing.  Running downhill is closer.  Skating downhill is even closer.  Walking around is closer to being in the lift line than skiing.

Do we deal with it differently or have something different to deal with?

Ken

"street walking" is harder on the knees? Outfits for either look equally ridiculous if worn out of context?

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Yea^^^^. I don't get it, what really is the topic...

I like gravity though; I am huge fan of it  in both its intellectual and practical applications.

There are pictures in the lift lines at Stowe that show a skier in the air with the caption "Gravity:  It's more of a nuisance than a law...".    Wish I could find a picture of it online.

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Originally Posted by mudfoot

We are bipeds.  As my old Montana patrol buddy the K-rod used to say, "you stand on the right and then stand on the left, how hard can it be."

Actually, what you do with the lesser weighted foot makes all the difference between just doing and doing well.
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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson

Actually, what you do with the lesser weighted foot makes all the difference between just doing and doing well.

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Originally Posted by Kneale Brownson

Actually, what you do with the lesser weighted foot makes all the difference between just doing and doing well.

Amen.

"Actually, what you do with the lesser weighted foot makes all the difference between just doing and doing well," sounds like a fear of commitment to me.

Street walking at its finest. (be sure to turn the sound on)