Getting your money's worth
Originally Posted by Ghost
How about trying to cover as much real estate as possible while loosing as little speed as possible, thus getting your money's worth out of your lift ticket.
I second that!
It is all about getting your money's worth. But in more than one way.
I learned to carve choosing to ride the slow line, or rather going uphill, being as agressive as I could, just to "cover more real estate" and prolong the skiing pleasure on all of 220 vertical feet of the pimple of a hill in Ohio.
By the way, it is the same pimple where Pierre could observe 99% skiing the more traditional way for many years, and where the situation must have improved to the mentioned 97%.
However, I would like to believe that the mere fact of reading the poststs, watching the videos, and especially skiing with fellow bear-pros or just more mature fellow bears the number of forum partcipants able, or at least trying, to ski the slow line fast by far exceeds the percentage of the general skiing public.
Riding a chair over Flying Dutchman at Keystone with Bob Barnes last year, I ventured a guess that no more than 10% of the public on shape skis did ski the slow line fast. He replied that we would be lucky if 5% did. (Which is close to Pierre's estimate and mine.)
As for the other estimate of 75% believing they do ski the slow line fast or carve, unfortunately, I think he may be on the money.
In my experience, among the general skiing public, the overwelming majority just plain do not think about it, and 99% of those who, after painful research and deliberations, have bought those expensive toys but not taken a lesson or skied with a pro, may be under the impresson they do. (But I recall there was a thread about that.)
This forum members and visitors, especially those with many years of skiing under their belts, who have invested in the new expensive skis, would defnitely do themselves a great service if they ski with a pro, get his/her input, learn how to use their investment, and discover the real thing for the first time. ( But I believe this has been mentioned before as well.)