In which phase of the turn do you reach the highest edge angle?
It might be good to use the following terms for the four phases of a turn,
as identified by PSIA, just so we're all on the same page:
1. preparation (getting set up for the turn)
2. initiation (beginning the new turn)
3. control (skiing through the fall line)
4. completion (finishing off the turn)
I'm asking because my trainer told me the highest edge angle
occurs in the control phase of the turn, at the fall line. That
came as a surprise, but I'm willing to go along with it if others
agree. I suppose if I were racing, I'd want that highest edge angle
in the fall line, not below in the completion phase of the turn,
because when it's in the completion phase it serves a braking
But really, let's get real, sometimes one wants to control one's
speed on steep terrain and higher edge angles within the completion
phase of the turn are quite functional for keeping one at manageable
speeds, not downhill olympic speeds.
Let's also assume mostly carved, or purely carved turns.