Originally Posted by Ryel
will you describe what you mean by low risk high risk?
If you were looking at two skiers actually racing this set there are any number of tactical approaches to this section. Here Arcmeister presents two of the many permutations. A high line (low Risk), where the skier finishes his turn after the gate with his/her skis directed at a vector above the next gate before he makes his X-over. The direct line (as this skier does not let his turns run out at all, but is called high Risk in this example) initiates his turn much closer to the gate and keeps his skis closer to the fall line in between gates (lower rise line). In race conditions the racer who is taking the straighter (lower) line could end up getting late or low at subsequent sections having to make extreme athletic moves to keep on a good tactical line, therefore, theoretically higher risk. There are trade offs for both approaches and it is the racer who takes the best blend somewhere between too high and too straight while exercising the best edge control throughout the run wins. These are tactical line decisions that the racer must execute at speed, section by section and sometimes gate by gate.
Edit; There is another consideration to line besides the pure tactical decision. That is the physical size of the racer. In certain situations the bigger/taller skier can ski a higher line, or has to, and can still carry sufficient speed through a section. The smaller frame skier, especially if on shorter skis, can take straigher line (GS example, Blardone (5'7") Vs. Pallander (6'2")). The two body types can carry almost identical time through a section with the different approaches for a host of reasons. If, however, the bigger racer can take the same line as the smaller racer his mass will be an advantage with equal edging skills (Miller (6'2", 220 lbs) at his best in GS compared to Blardone, Rhalves (5'8") and a host of shorter, smaller racers). In both cases it is how they take their speed from one section to the next is of great consideration (such as from a steep pitch onto a flat section). The last piece to the equation if strength, agility and fitness. Racers in better physical condition, all things being equal, can take more chances (ski higher risk, faster lines) and have better outcomes (Rhalves).