Originally Posted by skugrud
Great video. Looks like it belongs on a Warren Miller Flick.
I too am interested in the slope angle. The video makes it look gentle at the start and steeper at the end. However, I am thinking that is mostly an illusion due to camera angles and it is steeper than it looks.
Makes me remind myself how important a "self arrest" is.
When the camera view was directly across the slope, pointed at the sliding skier, the slope angle is approximately in the low to mid-thirty degree range. Tough to get a real accurate reading on an inclinometer with bumps and all but that is pretty close.
Just goes to show that it does not take a super steep pitch to have a slide for life. Bumps can cause big problems getting yourself stopped since they tend to throw you airborne losing contact with the snow and their backsides are steeper than the slope they are on. The good thing is the skier still had his poles strapped around his wrists. The bad thing is he did not get one free, dig it into the snow and self arrest. Tricky thing to do but practice makes perfect.