Oh, about 1960 or so, I learned to bow to Mrs. Smith from Birmingham
That's when I was young and strong and was skiing in Stowe and got somewhere where I shouldn't have been with just one other guy within eye sight. He saw my apprehention as we both looked down this daunting steep.
So he told me to bow to Mrs. Smith and tickle her tummy with my pole and he demonstrated. We were both on 210s, skiing a VERY close stance, not locked, but very close.
Here is how you bow to Mrs. Smith: as you stand there with your skiis across the fall line, you start by facing your shoulder and upper body down the fall line, squarely down.
Now you bow down from your waist reaching way down and tickling Mrs. Smith's tummy by setting your plole as you rectract your legs and swing them around sharply, diggin in the opposite edges, hard, and as gravity pulls you down over your edged skis, you bow to Mrs. Smith again, and you let your body flow over your skis, retract...etc...etc..
Why bow, you ask? By bowing you commit the weight of your upper body and plant the pole BEFORE YOU RELEASE THE HOLD OF THE EDGES. But by retracting the skis and swinging them around you and cross wise in front of you the edges will bite again and you will let your body flow across them, but you must bow so as not to realease the edges too early as they would otherwise...
So when I find myself on very steep stuff and need to control my speed, I say to myself "Hello Mrs. Smith (tickle with the pole) How are your Mrs. Smith, nice day Mrs. Smith [img]smile.gif[/img] .