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Hi im 13 years old and i ski at Mad River Mountain, which is in Ohio. It isnt huge but its a great place to learn. In these forums people talk about the fall line, fast line, slowline...
I am an intermediate or so at madriver mountain, i have lessons and i take the advanced intermediate ( i always have the same instructor and we are in that lesson group ). And i ski their greens, blues, and i tried one black with my instructor. But, what are these terms. And are there anymore terms that i should know about so when i read a forum or anything else on skiing i would know what they are talking about.
Thanks,
Chris
post #2 of 18
Fall line = where a ball would roll if you let it roll down the hill.
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post #4 of 18
Thread Starter 
Thanks
that helps!
post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 
And i forgot to add. what about the slow line, i heard people say - " ski the slow line fast " what do they mean. ( and there is a fast line too right ? )
i have no clue what these are- fast line and slow line ?
post #6 of 18
See if this helps.
post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 
umm... im confused
Is the fast line - the way down the slope the fastest ( i thought that was the fall line ) >?
And is the slow line - the slowest way down the slope ( and does this include turns or is it a straight line ( run ) down it )
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post #8 of 18
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umm... im confused
Is the fast line - the way down the slope the fastest ( i thought that was the fall line ) >?
And is the slow line - the slowest way down the slope ( and does this include turns or is it a straight line ( run ) down it )
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Ok grasshopper. Skidders ski the fast line slow and Carvers ski the slow line fast. It's about completing your turns. Use the search function and read different threads and you will understand more.
post #9 of 18
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umm... im confused
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Don't worry, most people who post here are too.
post #10 of 18
Sitzmark........remember to fill them in
post #11 of 18
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Originally Posted by skier101 View Post
umm... im confused
Is the fast line - the way down the slope the fastest ( i thought that was the fall line ) >?
And is the slow line - the slowest way down the slope ( and does this include turns or is it a straight line ( run ) down it )
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The "fast line" and the "slow line" refer to tactics used by skiers to navigate a trail. The "slow line fast" essentially refers to a skier who is taking a path that utilizes the natural contours of the mountain to control speed. The skiers path down the mountain is inherently "slow enough" for the comfort of the skier, and that way the skier is free to ski without ever touching the brakes.

The "fast line slow" refers to a skier who is taking a path that does not utilize the mountain's contours to control speed; their only option for speed control is to brake hard on almost every turn.
post #12 of 18
Thread Starter 
ok, i think i got a better understanding of it.
Thanks
post #13 of 18
skier 101,,,

next time you're going up the lift watch the other skis coming down the slope. Some will not be covering much distance from left to right across the slope, kind of following a path that doesn't diverge far from the falline, but will be moving quite slow because they're tossing their tails from one side to the other, always sliding and checking their speed. That's skiing the fast line slow.

Others will be turning back and forth,,, covering great distance left and right across the slope,,, not following the falline,,, yet are traveling along at a fast clip because they are clean on there edges, with little sliding and speed checking taking place. This is skiing the slow line fast.
post #14 of 18
Thread Starter 
Are they both positive ways of skiing, i think i would be skiing the slow line fast because i turn instead of skidding or sliding like the other way and i use my edges when i turn - i dont "throw" my skis back and forth in a stopping motion. Or is one a negitive way of skiing?

Chris,
Skier101
post #15 of 18
Skiing the fast line slow is low level skiing. It's fighting the skis and the resisting the falline,,, rather than using the skis and enjoying the falline.

From your description, yes, it sounds like you're on your way to skiing the slow line fast.
post #16 of 18
Now there's also skiing the fast line fast,,, but that takes less skill to do, and more skill to survive.
post #17 of 18
skier101,

Another way of looking at it is some skiers always move accros the skis at 90 deg to the tips (fast line slow) and others move along the length of the skis, tip, foot and tails following the same path (slow line fast).

RW
post #18 of 18
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Others will be turning back and forth,,, covering great distance left and right across the slope,,, not following the falline,,, yet are traveling along at a fast clip because they are clean on there edges, with little sliding and speed checking taking place. This is skiing the slow line fast.
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