Originally Posted by sfdean
(1) like I said above, high edge angle turns are easier with slalom skis, because you can do them going not nearly as fast.
(2) if you are not going fast enough for a pure inclination turn given the sidecut of the skis you are wearing, trying to do a pure inclination turn will simply cause you to fall onto the inside ski. If you want to increase the edge angle beyond what you can achieve in a pure inclination turn (and thus shorten the turning radius despite not having enough speed for a pure inclination turn at that speed) you can do so by increasing angulation. (Including by separation of upper body from lower body through a break at the hip, like the one reinforced by the Schlopy/Heisman drill discussed further above).
More implications later.
So what I think the additional implications are:
1) early in the race course (or free skiing without high speeds) you need to use some angulation along with inclination, because you don't yet have the speed to support a steeper inclination turn but want that tighter radius carved turn generated by the bigger edge angle.
2) when you look at the pictures of the faster guys on the WC (or in your race league) and beat yourself up that you aren't showing the same inclination, remember--that greater inclination is at least as much a product of greater speed at that point in the course as it is just the cause of greater speed.
3) conditioning matters. The demands of greater inclination skiing require more strength and more endurance, especially when you consider that there is a considerable balance/agility challenge sometimes while bearing a load. The better your strength and the better your endurance, the better able you will be to deal succesfully with those challenges.
Finally, what the calculator also says, given a specific side cut, is:
1) edge angle (inclination plus angulation) dictates turn radius. Greater edge angle means much shorter radius carved turns.
2) speed dictates the amount of inclination that is possible in balance.
3) if your edge angle is insufficient to tighten the turn sufficiently for your tactical needs in the race course, you need to do something else to tighten it further--for example, start with a pivot entry, so the turn is initiated from an angle closer to where you want to end up, or really load up the shovel of the ski by a forward commitment when engaging the edges, to shorten the turn through greater reverse camber (bend) of the front of the ski.
And some final thoughts:
Pure inclination turns mean the upper body/CM takes an even more direct route through the course than the feet that go around the flags, and has an advantage over angulation in this respect. (Although there are balance/impact limits in GS, IMHO, since taking the gate with most of my body inside it on a pure inclination turn tends to knock me into the back seat and right out of the race course.)
Speed begets speed. Faster racers can use more inclination and can use that greater inclination to carve tighter turns and to take their CM on a more direct route through the course. Which means there isn't one quick fix to being faster in the gates ("Get your feet more out from under you...") You need to have a stronger start, a stronger kick/poling from the wand, a better first turn, and make some incremental progress fixing all your other bad habits so that at turn X you are carrying more speed, at which point your feet will magically be more out from under you, simply from your need to balance against the immutable hand of inertia, in the form of the Gs you have to stack against.
Anyway, those are my thoughts at my computer desk while getting increasingly anxious to actually make a few actual turns on the white stuff instead of in the more crowded attic of my mind.