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 Conventional Skiing Wisdoms (CSW's) 

by Bill Jones, Ski Instructor
Certified Professional Ski Instructor (Registration #110478), Level III
private ski lessons at Keystone, Breckenridge, Vail, Beaver Creek, other areas

 CSW #16: "Fast skiers (or boarders) are out of control."

The beginner or novice skier may see another skier moving along rapidly, and knowing how he or she would feel about their own control at such a speed, often reacts negatively to such apparent risk-taking. Of course some fast skiers are out of control, yet others have the skill to manage speed. Unfortunately for the beginner or novice they do not yet have an adequate understanding of skiing mechanics to know which speeders are out of control and which are in, leading to distress.

Ethical skiers leave a good margin of space when moving past others on the slopes, the more speed the more margin. A ski patrol sign may advise "Space not Speed". However, a degree of speed is necessary in skiing and probably of no matter if space is adequate, so "space if speed" is another way of thinking of this although you had better follow the ski patrol's wording when appropriate.

I have seen expert skiers stop from speed seemingly on the proverbial dime. Of course that takes not only experience but leg and core strength.

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