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Amazing Perceptual Skills!!!

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
So, I don't know where this thread goes, but I saw some amazing skiing that floored me tuesday!
I've skied with some great skiers,
but skiing at squaw, super thin snow on KT 22, I saw a skier flying down some bullet proof on exhibition making super G turns... he comes into the line and it's Darren Rahlves. At the top of the lift, I start heading down the W. face of KT toward chute 75 and Darren flys over 4 bumps by me, then transitions over another 4or 5. I ski quickly toward the thin entry into chute 75 and as I get there, he's almost at the bottom! maybe 14 turns down this low snow, pretty steep long shot leading into ice bumps... as i skied down making swooping moderate speed GS turns, I imagined what type of reactions and perceptual skills would be need to ski it as fast as he just did.
I honestly couldn't even imagine or figure out. to me, it seemed he would have to be totally on the edge of control to pull it off, but I bet he was comfortable...

anyway, i don't get floored too often watching others... but this was above and beyond

cheers,
post #2 of 14
What a great opportunity to see an amazing skier up-close (if only for flashes!). It's really amazing what refined skills the most elite skiers have, isn't it?
post #3 of 14
Holiday,

I recently saw Rahlves' on the Atomic website and was wondering what it would be like to watch him freeskee (which he states is his passion). Thanks for the window.

Si
post #4 of 14
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I believe him, when he says it's his passion.
i've followed other elite skiers in my time,
but never felt that i couldn't even fathom how they would handle the situation. take the years of speed training, mix it with that passion for freeskiing, add loads of talent and voila...
post #5 of 14
Who'd a thunk that a world class racer starts out as a great skier?

This would have been fun to see. Thanks for putting it in perspective. I figure your experience having coached steeps camps for years with some of the most elite freestyle skiers in the world gives you the right to judge.
post #6 of 14
Very cool, Holiday! I wish I could have seen that. Daron seems to live in 6th gear. I guess that "free skiing" to him is something pretty inconceivable to 99.99999% of the rest of us. Fun!
post #7 of 14
BTW, heres the link to the Atomic dealer giveaway site that includes Rahlves and his comments on the video commercial:

http://contest.atomicski.com/
post #8 of 14
fearless.........:
post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by Holiday View Post
I believe him, when he says it's his passion.
i've followed other elite skiers in my time,
but never felt that i couldn't even fathom how they would handle the situation. take the years of speed training, mix it with that passion for freeskiing, add loads of talent and voila...
That is one thing missed from the old days when there were occaisional WCs out here. You get about 80-100 of those guys at the area for a race and just watching them freeski around is an education in what is possible on skis. NorAms are close but not quite the same. Oh well guess we still have the NBA and NFL?? Nah

- Fossil
post #10 of 14
Watch the Winter X Game results for Darren's first forray into skiercross!!
post #11 of 14
When I was in Gastaad, the instructor I was with pointed out a guy and his girlfriend who were Swiss National Team. Soooooooo I figured what the hell and figured I'd "tag along". I lasted about ...
post #12 of 14
How many years off the Worlkd Cup circuit do you think it takes for someone like Rahlves to slow down to "normal world class freeskiiing" speeds and lines?
post #13 of 14
Ten years ago there were still stories floating around about people getting blown off by this "old guy" ..... real old guy ... like ancient old guy!

Someone would tell them later that it was Stein. Sounds like there were lots of fast traffic that would be left looking at his smoke and dust.
post #14 of 14
Thread Starter 
so, i'd never seen the ski he was on before,
but in Si's post, it's the the new NOMAD crimson (86 under foot)
looked like he was skiing it in the mid 180's lengthwise.

how did he do at the skiercross, Bud?

Yeah, Cirq. I'd say I've had the opportunity to see some great skiers. As I started out this thread,
it wasn't the line that impressed me so much, it was the speed in some relatively tight quarters. The speed at which the information is coming at him would take even most great skiers into a REACTIVE mode. i think we all know what that feels like. Add that type of speed in a reactive mode with rocks and trees close by and the stakes are too damn high for most of us...

i'm skiing pretty slow these days,too, so maybe that affects my perception.
i'm in this slow motion pin point turn phase right now that makes me feel good (and isn't that why we ski? to feel good) i went through a phase that i really enjoyed 5 or 6 years back where i was working on fast longer radius lines through bumps, but a missed a double over a big trough and ended up with a seperated AC joint that still hurts and might have ended that phase


cheers,
holiday
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