The simple truth about Angular Velocity
Originally Posted by SnowDog
Speak for yourself there miss "skiing girly man". In the past when I've been going 80mph it just never felt like 160mph to me. In fact, I was usally more surprised by how fast I was actually going, it always felt slower. If you think 30mph feels like 60mph then you have no business skiing 30mph.
I'm with the SnowSchnauzer on this one. Not hard to hit 60 mph. in a tuck with a good stable ski, on a wide groomed run with good visibility and no traffic. I dare to say it's more exhilarating than it is frightening.
However, I would rarely feel comfortable enough to attain such speed when skiing in the east due to the combination of narrower and more crowded trails. I'm much more likely to let my skis fly on a wide groomed run at a place like Snowmass or Park City. The ability to keep far from the treeline and a good view ahead on a sunny day can make 60+ mph feel like a walk in the park, my girly-mannish boys!
BTW, this is very unscientific, but IMO, it's a still an accurate comparison - drive down the road at 30 mph in your little snow car down a nicely tree lined residential street. Look at the trees to your left or right. see how fast you pass them by. Doesn't look half as fast as the trees you've flow past at times on your skis, eh? That's right.
Open the door and look at the asphalt passing by at 30 mph. It still looks like 30 mph. Unless of course, you're drunk and barfing 10" from the pavement. How much faster is the snow passing under your skis when you're lighting it up? Twice as fast? Probably.
Do this at least once a day until you girly-mannish boys learn to estimate speed properly. Be careful not to become decapitated.
p.s. I won't even get into Angular Velocity. I will leave such lessons to the Physicsman.