Originally Posted by Metaphor_
I've been re-watching the Whistler 2010 Slalom runs for visual training. However, one thing I notice is that everyone's skiing pretty wild. See here:
So was the course at Whistler too steep for a Slalom event? What would you say the threshold is?
Your kidding, right? Do you remember the weather just before the Van Olympic alpine events? Did you notice the light conditions? I'll fill in the blanks from what I recall. It was warm. Very warm. Can't recall if it cooled down, but in any case, course prep must have been a bear. Rough hill, flat light. You're also comparing the mens SL to the womens. The men are faster even if they might appear more on the ragged edge. You're comparing good weather to bad, and good visibility to poor, men to women. In a nutshell, no. The whistler hill isn't too steep for SL.
Just to be clear, as much as I like watching Marcel H. ski SL, and he's amazing, IMHO there's no better pure technical skier in SL than Ms. Shiffren.
Slope regs... nothing is arbitrary and unmeasured. FIS has a whole book of rules that answer your question.