Originally Posted by TomB
Although I have been trying hard to get more comfortable at speed, I still find myself skiing relatively slow (for example, I doubt I ever go faster than 40-50km/hr). It is kind of frustrating, because I do believe I am a better skier than many who bomb runs without a care in the world. But speed is also about comfort, not just skill.
Yeah, Tom, there definitely is a *breaching old comfort zones*
factor involved in getting acclimated to higher speeds. Often the skills are there to support the higher speeds, but the confidence to explore the new speeds is not yet secure. There are techniques for getting there, for those who really want to.
- Make sure the base skills are solid.
- Get on a longer ski, with GS radius.
- Learn the "degree of turn" concept
- Play with the concept on easy terrain. Dropping to the 30 degree area.
- Gradually move up in slope steepness.
- Stop towards the bottom of a pitch. Finish out the bottom of pitch with 45 turns, knowing the flats are not far away.
- Each run start a little higher on the pitch.
- Repeat progression with a slightly smaller turn degree each time.