This continues the discussion of the mental/emotional component of skiing better (skiing the no fall zone and other posts around here). No, I'm not preaching or pontificating, I just dig this stuff enough to want to hear you guy's thoughts.
We''ve all been there: perched on a serious entry to a tough run, stopped, static, and stuck, physically and mentally. How to avoid this predicament.
We stop beause we have concerns for our safety, but in stopping we bring that danger closer by making the entry more difficult. You have yet to establish a skiing dynamic, you have to go from doing nothing to doing something which challenges you to the max, and the transiion is all taking place in a fraction of a second, and it takes place in the entry, the hardest element of the line.
Proposal: if you have to, check it out, get a real good look and make a plan. Then, mark your observation point, back up, hike up, take a deep calm breath, and start skiing, way before the drop. Establish your upper body position and bring the skis into an edge smear as you move to and over the lip. You already have dynamic control, and things are going to rock. heck yeah! The big boys and girls skip the edge smear part, face the fall line, and send it.)