ummm...bode: I read your post in it's entirety:
Originally Posted by Bode Klammer
There is a study of skier speed circulating around the ski business. That data shows the average speed on the fastest trails to be 27 mph, and that only about 16% of skiers exceed 34 mph, The highest recorded speed was 52 mph, but that was only one skier, no other skier exceeded 40 mph. I don't know anyone who has been measured at over 50 mph without a speed suit. I think your clothes are more important than the length of your skis for those kinds of speeds.
Everyone I know who skis with GPS finds very high recorded speeds, but no one really believes it, and I don't know any manufacturers that make any accuracy claims for peak speeds. There have been a few GPS logs posted here that show brief intervals of very high speeds (60 mph +), but if you examine them closely you will see very large accelerations (like skiing over a 30 foot drop at 30 mph) followed by equally high decelerations to return to a steady 30 mph. I wouldn't say it is impossible, but I don't know anyone who skis like that, and the GPS evidence doesn't really prove it either.
then you posted, afterward:
If you had bothered to read my post carefully, it would be clear to you that the fastest speed referred to the data collected for that particular study. The data was collected at 3 resorts, on blue groomers, and included over 250 measurements of recreational skiers [/quote]
where, in the original, do you mention '3 resorts' or 'blue groomers'?
or even 'recreational skiers'????
the original post did NOT state that the study was relegated to only three resorts, OR on 'blue groomers'. in fact, you stated 'the average speed on the fastest trails'.
to me, the blues are not the 'fastest trails'.....
, read your own post, first, before you ask me if I did!