Originally Posted by canski
Here's a question for all you coaches.
Does anyone know where I can find a good article on the rise line?
Does it still apply with modern slalom technique?
JASP is correct about the USSA Tactics DVD, it has some excellent portions dealing with line. You can get it here
Your second question is intriguing. Rise line considerations are much more critical in GS, SuperG and of course Downhill, are they a consideration in Slalom as a real tactical element. The basic answer is sure, but I feel this can be explored further as the Slalom turn is so condensed compared to the other disciplines. Is rise line and turn shape necessarily connected at the hip (pun intended). Are there other elements to the Slalom turn shape and tactical decisions that are eminently more important that rise line considerations? I'm going to roll this around in my mind a bit and see what shakes out. In the meantime, Heluva, SSH, (Rick's at a MSRT Clinic, that's why he's been so quite), JASP, what do you think? For instance does that "ski the slow line fast" have any relevance in a modern slalom course, especially with the trend towards increasing the offset (as seen at Wegen).