Attitude is almost everything, line actually is everthing! Don't give it up your line! Trust and obey the line and you create an opportunity to ski your cleanest (fastest) turns. Scrimp the line and you have to muscle, tussle and wrestle your way home.
On steep side to side turns, be rounder one turn before entering the steep section. Set up your line to complete more (3/4) of your direction change above the gate so that you come back under it aimed high for the next turns initiation point. I call these "side door" turns. You will want to allow enough room at gate for your body so pass without a big "duck" move that will disrupt your feet/ski's grip (crush'm on the flats). Retract and tip inside ski so your stance can progressivly widen thru the arc as your angles increase (no leaning in, please!). Roll your feet/skis up on edge stronger, and longer, to keep line high, then change edges quicker (early or passive release straightens out the line too much). Change edges with an aggressive "down and across" snap-roll, aiming your body diagonally forward to just outside next gate. Excessive up and over the top on steeps will leave you floating disconected from the snow on flat skis for way too long a distance, even a pure lateral move extends you away from a steep slope.
It is better to enter steep section slower and rounder, ski well and then carry energy by gassing it out onto the flats than to come in too fast, jam, jam and crawl across them. Ski smart. You can either keep your run alive or lose it on the steeps. Give yourself a change to win when it is time to go arc2arc the flats.
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 28, 2002 01:20 PM: Message edited 1 time, by Arcmeister ]</font>