Originally Posted by Max_501
If he can't see your bases when he is uphill there is absolutely no way that you are driving the ski in the manner we are talking about here.
Well, Max501, always nice to get brushed off; guess an amateur deserves it for venturing outside the gear forums, let alone not using the secret handshake properly. But OTOH, some basic geometry and English for you folks to mull over: Go count the little Raich images, and find the first one in which he's getting over and down far enough to reverse his edge exposure relative to the crowd. It's about #8. Now unless gravity has been suspended for this race, my handy protractor shows the spectators begin about 20 or so degrees off his fall line (0 degrees), and extend out of the frame, at which edge they are about 50 degrees off his vertical. Thus the folks who might be perpendicular to his bases so they could see them are not ABOVE HIM; at #8 they are to his SIDE, eg., closer to 90 degrees than 0 degrees.
The viewers shown may get a seriously foreshortened glimpse of his bases from behind; if that's what you all mean by "above," but I'd guess he'd have to be traveling a lot faster in a lot more complete arcs to flash the whole of his bases to someone actually ABOVE him (up his fall line) because then he's only at at #3 or #4. (Go tie a rock to a string and experiment with centrifugal force to get at this.)
So while no, I sure as hell do not drive my skis like Raich, or even like you folks, I do often get my edges facing the side of the slope. It's hard not to if your COM is anywhere below and inside the arc.
I also note that although you quoted my ending quip about bases, you ignored the content about "forward." Again, my triangle and protractor indicate that Raich is not "forward" as much as he is below and inside. To be more precise, he's leaning toward the apex of a triangle formed by a line down the fall line from his BOF and a line across his tips dropped down the mountain. And to the main point I was trying to make, my instructor does not favor the idea of teaching this as getting "forward" because that tends to keep clients following their own tips. Yes, he told me this. We talk about teaching because I'm also a teacher, of a different kind.
But hey, perhaps since I use standard English and geometry in a literal way I'm just hopelessly fogged up about this.
You know what guys? I've only been to this forum a few times since I joined, and it's fascinating to lurk. I learn a lot. But of all the forums on Epic, this is the least enjoyable to post on. Suggest you make it for instructors only, enjoy the professional back and forth, and drop any pretense of dealing with non-pros.