Better (advanced/expert) skiers generally ski faster, and do so in control. High speeds are unlikely on a green run, which lacks the angle and is usually designated as a slow zone. Maximum speeds do occur on intermediate groomed runs rather than diamond terrain, unless there is high angle grooming on diamond runs where you ski. At high speed it becomes physically difficult to resist forces from sudden terrain changes (including moguls), and high speed turns. A fast skier that is technically proficient looks nothing like some out of control hack that is surviving a straightline. I get nervous at the point I feel I could get squashed into the ground or thrown off the run, and keep the speed below that point. I wish I still had the physical ability to withstand these forces, but I'm not what I used to be in that regard. It seems to me that where I ski, there are more expert skiers moving fast and in control, than out of control wannabes.
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11/21/05 at 4:20pm