Originally Posted by jc-ski
I'm still waiting for Rick to follow up on what he started...
Yeah, sorry for the delay in getting back to the thread. Be patient with my, y'all, more good intentions than time these days.
Glad to see all the feedback and input on this thread. Many seem to be on board, and have their own experience and applications for the concept of "fast line slow". Very cool.
Someone mentioned friction as the key ingredient. Precisely. Imagine a large radius turn on a black groomed slope. If you carve that turn you travel at max possible speed for that turn, with the least possible friction. To slow your speed down through that turn you must increase the friction factor. You do that by managing your skid angle. The more skid angle you employ, the more friction you create, so the slower you'll travel while making that same turn.
You can ski any turn using a wide spectrum of skid angle options, which gives you total control over the speed you travel while making any shape turn. This allows a skier to manage the thrill factor of the sport to any level they feel comfortable with at the moment.
None of us, not even the most skilled skiers on the mountain, want to ski all the time at mach fast speed. Sometimes we all want to tone it down a bit, to bleed a bit of the speed, so we can just chill and relax as we descend the mountain. With the skid angle tool we don't have to alter the shape of the turn we're making to tone it down and go from thrill to chill.
Skid angle management is such a valuable skill set to possess. With it, you can bleed speed, or pick up speed at any time during a turn. It gives you total control over your descent down the mountain. Turn shape is always at your disposal, but no longer is it the only tool you have to manage your speed. No longer do you have to change where you want to go, just to slow yourself down. In an instant you can bleed speed, while never having to change your flight pattern.
Learning to do this is empowering and confidence inspiring. I've seen it over and over. The moment a person learns to do this, and realizes they can shed speed anytime they want, they suddenly feel free to ski faster, because they know if for any reason they need to shut it down quickly they have the skills to do so. Imagine driving a car that has no brakes, would you be inclined to hit the gas pedal? No way Jose! But put a person in a sports car the turns on a dime and brakes like a champ, and once you learn to drive it you get inspired to drive a bit more aggressively. Skid angle is the brake that inspires similar confidence on skis. Combined with suburb steering skills, your skis become transformed from a bulky old, slow to turn, slower to slow down Suburban, into a precision sports car that lets you rule the mountain.