Recently I attempted to get bigger edge angle. Second thought. Why do I need bigger edge angle? What good does it do?
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5/19/08 at 9:08am
Yes, you need bigger edge angles as you start to ski faster and make tighter turns. Thats the skiing part. Its all a balancing act where the centrifugal force is pulling your CoM towards the outside and gravity is pulling you downwards. An increase in centrifugal force needs more inclination. Thats the physical part.
Dont forget that edge angle in itself is not whats important, its how you achieve it that matters. If you simply flex your inside leg more you will only fall towards the inside. If you do not compliment it with angulation for instance then you will never get much out of "higher edge angles". You will bank and skidd and feel terrible. But that is not your problem... what is?
I ll say this is a very good discription of the mechanics of edging. But my question is when there are other choices in making a turn what good does high edge angle skiing do? Up to now what I see is to stay carving and store more energy into the skis ready for a stronger rebound?