Originally Posted by ScotsSkier
Preferably work with your coach but a couple of things to focus on. The apex of your turn should be well above the gate. In a 27m set I would suggest as a start trying to get that apex about 12 feet above. If you have a training course use some brushes to guide you. As you come past the gate you should be staring the switch to the new ski, lengthening the old inside leg to apply the pressure. Most common mistake I see is people continuing to apply pressure below the gate which slows you and makes it harder - and later - to make the switch,which then makes you later at the next gate
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Originally Posted by markojp
Coaching... Most likely your core/pelvis isn't aligning with the forces the steeper turns generate. A little 'back and in' or following the ski tips and the gates will let you know things aren't right. Sure, we can all cruise and carve, but gates let us know with certainty that we haven't mastered things as much as we like to think. ...Most of us have gone through this going through generational gear/rule changes or certification processes that has forced periodic reinvention of our skiing if we desire to stay current (certification) or fast in the gates, the only way to do it is to accept the fact that our skills need improvement. "Win without boasting, lose without excuse." - Alvert Payson Terhune.
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Originally Posted by utahsaint
I don't know why people here are saying they are bad at 50 mph.
Apologies if you already know most of this. As you probably realize, World Cup racers have been clocked at over 60 mph on SL's off course, and consistently hit 40-45. But they're the best skiers in the world, not us. I think there's two issues. First, the actual course. Unless I missed it, you don't state if it's a GS, but if it is, then the gates are placed for a turning radius way above Sl skis. Let's assume you don't have much pitch; what you want, then, is a moderate flexing GS sidecut that can bend at 40-50 mph. The Rossi Masters meets that criteria. Put another way, match your radius (loosely) to the typical gate placement. Then your flex is about the speed you'll carry. Also, as you get further over and start earlier, you'll bend your skis more. Physics.
Second, as Scots and markojp alludes to, a SL is designed to hook up and pull you around, pronto. If we can turn when we choose to, all good. But on a typical GS course, with ruts and rubble, your tips can engage and suddenly be turning when you're not planning to - SL's aren't designed for higher speed stability - and the come-around can put dangerous shear forces on your knee ligaments as you skis accelerate one direction, and your body goes another. Even without unexpected initiation, the turn radius is way too tight for a GS course; you'll be behind your skis and as m suggests, reactive rather than planning ahead, lulled into last minute maneuvers.