|Turning to slow down usually makes people defensive|
- wouldn't this "Go There" technique really be a defensive input?
I think its time for Bob to amend his stated limit of "only two methods" for managing speed.
While line choice and friction are the predominate mechanisms for speed management there are other options as well. I would also object to his implication that managing speed through friction (a strictly mechanical attribute) is always 'defensive' as defensive is strictly an emotional attribute of people, not a mechanical one. (I know a number of defensive people who race ... as well as couple of offensive people who skid their turns .)
On steeper slopes it's quite easy to use short radius turns with a lot of absorption late in the turn to manage speed. From a very flexed position the skier begins extension at turn entry, extends fully at Apex, then absorbs during turn finish back into a very compact form and repeats for the next turn. Essentially the skier is 'stepping' down the slope with their whole body where each transition is like the next stair step they are reaching for.
Another mechanism available for speed management is compression of the snow which is accompanied by displacement of the snow as well. When a skier in soft or wet snow makes a turn some of their movement energy is absorbed by compaction of the snow and some by the movement (displacement) of that same snow as it is compressed. These are not the same things as 'friction' although friction is also present in each mechanism.
Another candidate for speed management would be the opposite of an acceleration turn (where the skier 'pumps' to accelerate). This would be a 'Deceleration Turn' where Mass is deliberately moved toward the outside of the turn radius at the appropriate moment.
There have been several Bump threads where certain parties have described the training for this technique in their proprietary camps. I think this concept does work but suspect it has a much lesser impact on speed management than they've claimed (though I've not done the math to figure out exactly what percentage of contribution it might have).