As we are probably within yelling distance of each other, let me be the first to welcome you to Epic! This is probably the best technical skiing forum in existence, so please feel free to ask questions, make comments, and join right in with the discussions.
I could be wrong, but I believe the phrase "skiing a slow line fast" originated with one of our resident experts, Bob Barnes of Colorado.
It is meant to conjure the idea that while carving, you may be going back and forth across the hill at quite a high speed, but, if you desire, you can control your path so that you only lose a few feet vertical with each turn. Thus, you are in complete control of your line.
This is to be contrasted with its opposite, "skiing the fast line slow" which means that your body is heading straight down the fall line while your skis are continually in a skid to keep your speed within reason.
When skiing like this, you have little control of your line (ie, since you are always going straight downhill). This is a defensive strategy and, while sometimes necessary, is considered less generally desirable. One of the reasons is that in any irregular snow conditions (eg, frozen crud, heavy slush, powder, etc.), its almost impossible to skid sideways with any degree of control.
Using the search button, above, I searched on the words:
skiing a slow line fast (no quotes around them)
I turned up several relevant threads, including:http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...c&f=4&t=000075http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...c&f=4&t=000499http://www.epicski.com/cgi-bin/ultim...c&f=4&t=000556
Hope this helps,
Tom / PM
PS - While I was typing my message, I see that I lost the chance to be the first to welcome you (grin), but you get the idea!
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ November 30, 2001 09:17 PM: Message edited 2 times, by PhysicsMan ]</font>