Author Topic: New "east coast" skis for Lynn  (Read 1088 times)

LivingProof

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Re: New "east coast" skis for Lynn
« Reply #45 on: September 14, 2010, 01:55:12 pm »
Living Proof:? (by the way, what is the origin of that login name??)

I disagree that a brushed carve is a skid. Peter's definitions for the evaluation of a skis ability to "soft edge" are below.? The smear is the brushed carve, its a lateral movement/sliding of the entire ski whereas to me a skid is primarily a lateral displacement of the tail.
Smear:
Ski tip and tail follow on the same track, but using a lower edge angle which allows some lateral movement across the snow. Effective in deep snow, on steep slopes, in bumps or crud. Facilitates speed management (control) as opposed to maximizing speed, which is what carving does.
Skid:
Out of control turn in which the tails accelerate down the hill faster than the tips and do not follow in the same track. Often results in a fall and usually begins with a wedge turn entry, in which the skis are not parallel. The skier leans back and/or uphill, with most weight on the tails of the uphill ski rather than beneath the arch of the downhill foot. The downhill ski takes off, tail first. One of the leading causes of ACL injury, according to experts.

So why does that small voice say 70'ish rather than 66-68'ish.? Just playing devil's advocate here; her current skis for these conditions are 72's and were recommended and sold by Harald and Diana at a camp back in '07 or '08.

If I told you the truth behind Living Proof as a log-in, I'd have to kill you! ::)  Just kidding! When I first posted on Epic, I had some non-descriptive name that had no meaning. In those days, I visited the Epic instructional forums frequently. PMTS and Harald kept getting bashed by the world, with the exception of a few of his defenders. One day, one of the real genius posters exclaimed that "no-one can learn to ski from a book". I was astounded by this as my skiing had improved so much by reading Expert Skier 2. So the light bulb came on and I changed my Epic handle to Living Proof, with the signature as "Living Proof of the Power of PMTS". A much more meaningful, private reason never revealed before, is that it honors my father as I'm LP of his life.

Epic threads would go on forever debating skid vs. brush. I can use either term, but both are not edge lock which is my goal. I have no desire to debate the fine points, but, I concur with your thinking. Sometimes it's just easier to use skid and not have to explain the brush concepts to those unfamiliar with the term used by HH.

Actually, 70 ish to me includes getting into the 66-68 realm. I agree with JB's point about the traditional Supershape being an excellent east coast ski for Lynn.
4 mm or so is abut 1/6 of an inch. Big Deal ;D This year's Elk Demo day works for me! Lynn can replace Phil!

I've concluded that I know very little about women, and even less about their skis. Time to  be quiet!