Originally Posted by borntoski683
Let me ask you rich. Do you think a biker allows themself to free fall into turns? Is that their sensation? Or do they make movements that create turn dynamics while attempting to remain in balance, without a free fall type of feeling?
I don't think the bike analogies apply too well. Most of the disagreement in the thread appears to be semantics or a straw men burning on the cross. That based on the response to the Bode downhill image . Some called it he's out of balance for a moment in order to be in balance with the forces the next moment. Some called it he's in balance the whole time. Same picture different description.
The fact remains that skiing is different from many things like motorcycle riding in that skiing is only possible because gravity powers us. If you go straight down the slope you are falling essentially and the degree of slope determines how fast you go down. Clearly we control the rate of descent ideally mostly by the path we take going down. We are not free falling obviously, but there are moments when it is close to that. Everytime you turn downhill you are going to accelerate. There's a moment when you are essentially falling. There is fear involved and it just depends how steep the slope is for you and what you're used to. For beginners on a very gentle slope that turn downhill is scary. For good skiers it might be 35, 40, 45, 50 or even more degrees where that moment of falling is scary. Everyone has their pitch.
Basically we learn at each increase in pitch at which we become comfortable turning down, that we can trust our skis to turn us out of the Fall
Line. That is, if we make the movements that put the skis and our bodies in the ball park of the right position for what will happen and is happening. Doesn't usually have to be perfect but there's a range which will work.
For the shakey green skier that has to negotiate a pitch of blue it's pretty scary. I don't tell them, "Don't worry! Do x,y, z and you will be in balance the whole time!" Actually, I tell them somewhat the opposite. I tell them they will
feel scared for a moment, but if they do x, y, z which they've already done on the easier slope, and keep turning, they'll be fine.
By far, the biggest impediment to the skier tackling their fear pitch is reluctance to release the downhill ski and commit to going downhill. Why? Even for the good skier when they get past their pitch comfort zone there's reluctance. If one is always "in balance" what's the problem?