|Originally posted by ssh:
What occurs to me is that there is a pretty significant question of trail compatibility between carvers and traditional skidders. The latter tend to "ski" borderline straight runs with uncontrollable skidded "turns", effectively making directional control difficult at best.
Meanwhile, modern technique carvers are ripping turns from edge to edge (pun intended!), effectively making the two groups mutual obstacles.
This is a problem not only with rec skiers. In my last few clinics, I've noticed (and gotten really annoyed with) a real incompatibility between skidder and carver instructors, and even have had a couple of near misses.
I quickly realized that the safest place to be was 1st in line behind the clinician. If I started further back in the groups, I usually found myself in the midst of a bunch of very talented, very high speed skidders. In that case, about my only choice was to either go into a straighter-line skidding mode myself, or else make lots of short radius carved turns. The latter also keep me in a narrow corridor, but are pretty energy intensive.
Even if the mountain is deserted, near collisions with other members of your own group are a real concern. The reason is pretty funny - nobody wants to be the slowest skier, so everybody winds up skiing at about the same speed, and even if there are only a half dozen people in the clinic, everybody stays tightly bunched up on an otherwise empty run. Arghhh.
Tom / PM[ January 16, 2004, 03:15 AM: Message edited by: PhysicsMan ]