|Originally posted by aschir01:
...Without snow (and the usual Snowshoe fog), Ballhooter run didn't look nearly as steep as it did alst winter. I guess this further drives home my inability to judge the steepness of the slopes I ski...
Don't feel bad, everyone (and I mean *EVERBODY*) overestimates these angles. As you get more experienced, you realize this is a perfectly normal human tendency, and you consciously look for other visual cues like vertical trees, a horizontal horizon, etc., and you try to form little triangles and relate them to standard triangles like 45-45-90 and 30-60-90. Some people bring a little protractor or use the angles on a compass with a transparent base to help them estimate slope angles. I hear that *really* serious skiers use a $100+ inclinometer, but I have never met such a skier in person.
Also, don't forget that unless you are looking directly across the slope (ie, like a traverse, perpendicular to the fall line) you will overestimate the slope angle, and can even make a lowly blue look like its rising up at some hair-raising angle.
Tom / PM
PS - BTW, the unstated rule is that in the bar, its perfectly acceptable to double all slope angles, even if they wind up over 90 degrees. [ July 14, 2003, 08:22 PM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]