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Measuring Speed

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
hi all, first post

Interested in knowing if other skiers are curious to
know how fast they go when ripping downhill?

I always wondered and guessed 30mph or so maybe 40..Anyway, I have bought a small windmeter that i plan to strap on my pole. Its about 3 inches long and has a small fan that measures the wind going thru it.

of course this can now encourage faster skiing!...haha

http://www.speedtech.com/prodtype.as...rdPosit ion=1

What do you think!?
post #2 of 16
Here we go again...

(Hint: try the SEARCH function....)
(Hint2: Use the terms GPS and radar)
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
oh ok, so it's been beat to death already..got it
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by RadRutlander View Post
oh ok, so it's been beat to death already..got it
Beaten to death and welcome to Epic!
post #5 of 16
Awe come on...we all love to talk about speed...it's why most of us ski right???
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
well radar is not practical to carry or cheap enuf to buy. I am not looking for a one shot timing thing but something i can look at, at a given moment.

I doubt how accurate the GPS would be, perhaps good enough but i know in my car it can be off by 50 yards or more. every mph would count for my ego! and it would not measure a burst of speed since it averages between 2 places.

anyway, i will play with my wind meter. I didn't find anyone talking about that in the search i did.

and if it bores you..i am faster than you anyways!..hahahha:
post #7 of 16
Just don't ski into the wind or with the wind, hold it out of any turbulent air like from your body and at the proper angle and it will work.

I'm not sure how you are going to do that however?
post #8 of 16
Just get a good GPS and set it to record every second. When you look at your track logs you should be able to pick out the errant data points from the good ones.
post #9 of 16
My GPS based nav system, which could be easily carried in a jacket pocket, is pretty darned accurate with speed. It shows your real time speed, which is constantly being updated, and also will show you a max speed, average speed, etc., until you reset it. I have paid a good bit of attention to it in the car and would say it is always correct within one mile per hour, which is pretty accurate. Or at least accurate enough for this purpose.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Mike Aswell View Post
My GPS based nav system, which could be easily carried in a jacket pocket, is pretty darned accurate with speed. It shows your real time speed, which is constantly being updated, and also will show you a max speed, average speed, etc., until you reset it. I have paid a good bit of attention to it in the car and would say it is always correct within one mile per hour, which is pretty accurate. Or at least accurate enough for this purpose.
Some of the handhelds, like the otherwise excellent Garmin eTrex HCx models, have odometer problems at very low speeds (slow walking) but there should be no problems at average or great ski speeds. The HCx series uses the MediaTeK (MTK) chipset which is even better than SirfStar III under trees and in other poor reception areas (this is the Geocacher in me speaking). Mmmm, think I'll take mine to the slope tomorrow and see what sort of speed I'm really skiing at.
post #11 of 16
How to tell how fast you ski.
1. Children pass you.
2. Your children pass you.
3. Ski Instructor w/ children pass you.
4. Telemark skiers pass you.
5. Snowboarders pass you.
6. Jibbers pass you switch.
7. Bears pass you.
8. Maggots pass you.
9. Some guy in a funny suit w/ a # passes you.
10. When are you going to push off from the side of the trail?:
post #12 of 16

Radar Gun

You can buy the Hot Wheels Radar Gun at WalMart for $29.74

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...uct_id=4661205



Have fun but be safe!
post #13 of 16

Radar Guns / Speed Guns

RADAR GUNS / SPEED GUNS

There are some lower cost speed guns that are are fairly accurate. You can buy them from a variety of places including OpticsPlanet & Amazon.

Bushnell Speedster II speed gun $79
www.opticsplanet.net/busspeedrads.html



Bushnell Velocity speed gun $79
www.opticsplanet.net/buve10frups.html





I would recommend trying a Super G or Downhill race for a safer environment where the trail is closed to other skiers/snowboarders.
post #14 of 16
I got a Timex Speed and Distance watch for the specific purpose of determining how fast we ski. It is pretty accurate in a car. Our little hill only had three runs open, when I gave it a try. On a pretty mild midwestern blue slope, I hit 25 MPH.
post #15 of 16


Check out 7:00 mins - 12:00 mins.
post #16 of 16
I think rad's original idea has promise. I can see it now, a helmet propeller beanie! I'd pay $20 to see that...

Mike
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