You guys are really good. I wish I could ski slower. Who wants to ski faster? You can already go insanely fast it seems to me...
his extra weight gives him an advantage during the acceleration.
|Feel free to smack Phil in the knee because you can.|
|... and get the skin tight body suit. :|
Drag force of cohesion of snow on skis is a constant that does not increase along with the acceleration force mg sin theta, and friction force umg cos theta. With more mass the cohesion is a lower percentage of the total force.
Therefore, fill your pockets with sand!
Skiing is such a metaphor for life. Conditions change, equipment needs adjusting, and checking one's ego at the door is always useful.
Oddly enough, Speed doesn't intimidate me nearly as much as air.
Then you say you smoke 'em on 155 Blizzard SLs.
The next bit is pure conjecture, but it was fun to write:
OK, listen up.
It's simple - it's vertical movement.
After Balance, the first thing that most people can improve is vertical movement -- ie. flexion and extension.
Fear of air? Go rigid and fly maybe?
How about pre-jumping or absorbing instead? Absorbing uses LOTS of vertical movements. If you FEAR air, it may be that you won't put yourself in the position that you'll need that much vertical movement to accomodate the bumps/rolls of the hill.
Which leads to why the Blizzards work for you -- they overpower you.
The turn ends not so much because you choose to let it go, but becuase they've edged so quickly and strongly that you must let it go. So instead of you flexing to release, the ski moves across strongly and makes you release.
You are letting it go sooner than you would the other skis. This means you are spending less time skiing across the hill => more time in the fall line => more speed.
You say there are no fears of speed, because sense of balance is ok. OTOH, Fear of air (which is caused by bumps) is a problem, because of a lack of ability to absorb/flex. The upshot is you hold onto the turn too long...... you "complete the turn", to control speed to avoid the air that you'll get off any rolls.
I would work on squatting between turns and getting long at apex. You'll kick on any ski then.
Here is an example drill.
Squats between turns, pushing the arms out and ahead at the moment of flexion -- you are lowest to the snow here..... Then as you extend into the new turn, push the body forwards and extend out of the boot cuffs. Open, the arms as if brushing past curtains as you extend. The direction of movement is diagonal, directed to be longest at the apex of the new turn.
Here is a video that shows the extent of this movement in real life action.
As a drill, you should be able to get your butt lower than your knees, but a 90 degree squat is good enough. You can even flex do it so fast that the skis rise off the snow.
Once you can master this flexion/extension drill, the skis won't matter anymore. You'll kick DH @ss any time.
|What Roll does body mass play in my ability to keep up with the boyz?
|Me: 5'6" 130#
|Force is defined as mass times acceleration F = m*a. Thus m*a = m*g and a = g. That means that the acceleration due to gravity is independent of the mass. It also applies to the velocity, distance and time it takes an object to fall. They are all independent of the mass of the object.
It looks so simple, but many people don't understand that all objects fall at the same rate, independent of their mass, assuming air resistance is negligible.
As one of the boyz, I am 80# lighter than some I ski with and they can pass me on gentle catwalks when we are just gliding. When on the steeps, I can rip past them like they are going backwards and today with very warm temps, I took them in the bumps. The snow on the bumps was so soft (and wet) that the skis would sink in 6" very suddenly. The heavier guys were very envious that I wasn't sinking in in as much as they did, and that I could retract much easier than they could. Bottom line, I was waiting for them at the bottom (again).
Perfect, be glad you don't weigh more.