Originally Posted by DonDenver
Interesting take [shooting regular folks then asking “guess your speed”]. Forget the "picture guy" on the slope; this would be worth a few bucks.:
When I'm radaring folks I'll often yell out speeds to anyone who passes by. People going over 45MPH usually can't hear what I'm yelling, and if they do, by the time they stop they're too far away for me to feel like yelling an explanation of what I'm doing.
Slow skiers, 10-20 MPH, just look at me with a blank stare and try to ski away from me. They don't have a friggin clue why I just yelled at them.
Fast skiers, who can tell what I'm doing, are usually surprised at their normal-skiing speeds. Once they get a benchmark, though, they usually want to keep breaking their previous speed.
I tried charging peeps a few bucks for a reading when I first paid $300 for this thing. It didn't go over too well. I spent more time explaining and trying to sell people on the idea than actually radaring, so that got old real quick.
Lonnie- Yes, I've radared thousands of "normal" skiers when they don't know they're being clocked. Beginners average 8-15 on intermediate slopes. Intermediates on blues average about 20-25 doing regular GS turns. Experts on blues average more like 30-40.
Tucking is usually good for an instant increase of 20% on an intermediate slope.
A good, tight tuck on a snowbird blue slope for a distance of about two or three football fields will usually get an advanced skier into the mid-50's, even around 60.
In my experience, it takes a very good skier several attempts on a steep black slope, in a tuck, to reach 70.
Breaking 70 takes just the right mix of wax, tune, ski length, temperature, condition, slope, tuck, weight, skill and will of skier.