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Banked slalom advice

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Can somebody please give me some advice on how to race a banked slalom?Should I go high into the banks,low, or just avoid them.Also what ski would be best?I am thinking I am going use my SL skis. Do people think a speed suit would be overkill for a springfest race. I apologize for my iPhone typing and thank you in advance.
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Originally Posted by MattT View Post

Can somebody please give me some advice on how to race a banked slalom?Should I go high into the banks,low, or just avoid them.Also what ski would be best?I am thinking I am going use my SL skis. Do people think a speed suit would be overkill for a springfest race. I apologize for my iPhone typing and thank you in advance.


I'm guessing you're talking about ruts in slalom. If they're clean, early ruts, get into them early and use the rut to load the ski at the top of the turn. If they're low and late ruts, get your turn started early and cut through and across the ruts. Yes, you ought to use SL skis in SL. A speed suit is not overkill, just make sure it has some pads...or you put some pads underneath...and don't forget shin guards, pole guards, and a helmet with a chin guard....

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I think he is talking about something like the jhmr "banked slalom" run annually in Dick's Ditch, not banking on a regular course.
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I think he is talking about something like the jhmr "banked slalom" run annually in Dick's Ditch, not banking on a regular course.


Okay...in that case, forget what I said...

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mdf's got it. It's a event similar to the one in Jackson, and probably patterned after the first and biggest, the one at Mount Baker. These were originally snowboarding only spring events. Then they morphed to include skiers…mostly like skier cross guys. Then they morphed to be mid-winter. Now the USASA, I believe, even runs, sanctions and scores these things. They sure aren't any part of the alpine race world. 

 

I've watched the one at Sugarloaf, which Seth Wescott started a few years ago. It's restricted to boarders.

I've seen it run in pretty firm snow, and in spring soft snow. What I've noticed is that unlike a typical alpine race, where a groove forms, and it then gets bigger, deeper, and get real rutty, the surface can get really beat up, depending on the skill level of the boarders, and the surface.  and the Ruts are in different places and different shapes. The folks who rip, and carve, early on, are one thing….but not everybody's in that league. I've seen a few of these, and the terrain looks like the biggest challenge….not the banks, let alone any gates.  

 

I'm not sure how I'd handle this as a skier. My first inclination would be to not use a SL ski, and the turns are nothing like SL turns. I think you'd hook up real fast on a SL ski, if you stomped on it, and it could be trouble. I'd either use a GS ski, or ideally something close to a GS ski, with a wider base, if you have one. My hunch is that first time around, being kind of middle of the road will be smart. It will depend on the course, and physics, and how beat up it gets. I think that avoiding them will probably not be possible, and would be slow and not so much fun as well. A lot of the fun, I guess, is the banked turn…NASCAR style.

Think bobsled run.  

 

Dunno about the suit. I bet you won't see many. It's not an alpine race event. Proper fitted helmet, for sure. 

 

Report back in after you do it!

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