Originally Posted by nolo
Here's a thought problem for you folks: what's harder to execute properly--a short radius or a long radius turn. Why?
Lets see if I can add anything.Harder aspects of a small radius turn;
* Things happen faster, movement cycles are expanded in range yet condensed in time.
* Higher edge angles must be utilized, meaning more tipping must be done, extra movement.
* Rolling onto edge must progess much quicker, while still maintaining a smooth rate of application to avoid a harsh edge set.
* Because of the faster roll onto edge, smooth initiations are more challenging.
* Becuase direction changes are more dramatic, turn force levels are higher, requiring greater strength and endurance.
* Because forces are higher, more lateral movement of the CM is required. This requires the development of comfort in more inclinated positions. Not a natural comfort position.
* The ski bends more, making rebound is more pronounced, making the task of controlling it more difficult.Harder aspects of a large radius turn.*
Requires gentler, slower, lower edge rolls, with complete movement cycles occuring in a very small movement range.This requires a very accute edge awareness sensitivity, and subtle applications.
* Edges at low angles are more susceptible to steering. Less engagement integrity.
* These turns create more speed. Speed creates fear. Fear fosters steering. Fear fosters a desire to divert direction of travel further out of the falline.
* Requires more patience at initiation. Must resist the tendency to turn quickly. Must develope the feel of letting a ski run straight during initiation.
So, which is tougher? Good question Nolo. Tough to answer. How skilled is the skier, how steep is the hill?
Rail turns on green slopes with minimal CM movements are easier for new carvers than high edge angle turns that require significant CM movements.
However,,,, down the falline rail turns on a double black trail will tax the skills and fear tolerance of the intermediate level carver more than a more speed controlling short radius turn.