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Fall lines

post #1 of 7
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Changing fall lines doesn't seem to be a frequent habit in most skiers. How many skiers switch from a direct fall line to a angled one(side hill)or ski the Mt.'s terrain? In diffucult snow I sometimes start at a less than direct fall line till I get my rhythm. Any other skiers look for these advantages?
post #2 of 7
I am just happy to not fall on the line.
post #3 of 7
If bumps and lite traffic, yes. Otherwise, no.
post #4 of 7
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure most skiers aren't capable of changing their fall line. I think you'd need a bulldozer, at the very least. I'm sure most can change their line though, except perhaps the snowboarders.

I usually follow the natural fall line, but I often go straight across it. I find skiing at an acute angle to the fall line to be very annoying, except for on rolling groomed terrain, where it can be very much fun.
post #5 of 7
If traffic permits, I love making turns along a relatively steep traverse line across a slope. And I frequently suggest to students such a practice along a more shallow traverse line can get them down a slope they otherwise would be hesitant to make good turns on.
post #6 of 7
Making turns while skiing in a traverse to the fall line is a great tool to focus the CM. If you are not moving your CM, these turns are very hard to accompish--properly. Thus its a great way to warm up in the morning.
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These are sometimes called "pain in the -ss turns" For obvious reasons.
post #7 of 7
Actually, "pain in the -SS" turns are little turns following a large turn arc.
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